The Panthers announced today Steve Smith will have to sit out the first two games of the season for punching Ken Lucas at Friday’s practice. He will also not get paychecks for those first two games.

Smith is the best player on the Panthers. Wouldn’t it have been better to just fine a few grand, then let him play? That way the rest of the team (and fans!) aren’t penalized with Smith. The first two games of the year by the way are San Diego and Chicago–both powerhouse teams. Yikes.