CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Panthers receiver Steve Smith says he was "just having fun" and it was a "freak accident" when he broke his left arm playing flag football.
Smith called into Charlotte radio station WFNZ-AM on Thursday, saying he put his team and himself in a bad situation by playing in an adult flag football league at a YMCA on Sunday.
While Smith, 31, says he won't play flag football again until he's retired, he took shots at those who criticized him for doing it, saying football is not about the money for him.
He said he was supposed to be at Wimbledon this week to watch his friend John Isner play, but he missed the longest tennis match in history because of his injury.
"In hindsight, I wouldn't do it again,'' he said. "I was having fun. I love football with a passion. Playing flag football at the Y was a way to take away all the other stuff . . . the money, the contract. I was having a good time. But it was a mistake.
"I'm a regular guy outside football. I mow my own grass. I could cut off my finger doing that. I could roll my ankle playing tag with my kids in the back yard."
The four-time Pro Bowl selection confirmed he'll miss training camp, but he vowed he'll be ready for the start of the regular season.
Missing training camp "will only be a big deal if it presents itself,'' he said. "Anytime you're not able to work together in camp … it's not (necessarily) going to hurt. But it would help being there. We'll figure it out.
chargers: Tight end Dedrick Epps, a seventh-round pick from Miami, and safety Darrell Stuckey, a fourth-rounder from Kansas, signed four-year deals.
ravens: Cornerback Walt Harris agreed to a one-year deal, and fifth-round pick David Reed, a wide receiver out of Utah, agreed to a three-year deal. Harris, 35, has played 13 years, missing last season because of a knee injury.
vikings: The Minnesota Court of Appeals rejected the NFL's request to expedite its handling of the case of Kevin Williams and Pat Williams, which means the defensive tackles (not related) may get to play the entire season. A legal battle has blocked their four-game suspensions for testing positive for a banned diuretic in 2008. In other news, QB Brett Favre said "I would love to go beat the Saints'' in a rematch from the NFC Championship Game, but he remains undecided about a 20th season. Minnesota opens at New Orleans on Sept. 9.