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Steve Smith blasts ex-GM

Steve Smith hauls in a TD pass under pressure from Panthers cornerback Melvin White during the Ravens’ rout Sunday.
Steve Smith hauls in a TD pass under pressure from Panthers cornerback Melvin White during the Ravens’ rout Sunday.
Published Oct. 2, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Steve Smith took some parting shots at the Panthers three days after the outspoken wide receiver led the Ravens to a 38-10 win over his former team.

Smith, who spent 13 seasons in Carolina before being cut in March, called into a Charlotte radio station Wednesday and said the Panthers "stabbed him in the back."

Smith, 35, took direct aim at Dave Gettleman, saying on WFNZ-AM's "Bustin' Loose" that the second-year general manager said he was "a shadow of the player I used to be." Smith said the GM said he was "jealous" of quarterback Cam Newton.

"Yes, it was personal with me and Dave Gettleman," Smith told the station. "Obviously, I did something that got under his skin. And, you know what? I'm not a perfect person. There are people I run into that get under my skin."

Smith is Carolina's all-time leader in receptions, yards receiving and touchdowns.

The receiver said Gettleman also called him a "nuisance" during a conversation with his agent this offseason.

Smith said Gettleman told him the team intended to trade him and laughed off the idea of Smith taking a pay cut to stay.

"It hurts me because the way I play it is basically a justification to try to show people, 'Well, we had to get rid of him because he was a nuisance,' " Smith said.

In other Panthers news, defensive end Frank Alexander, who was expected to return this week from four-game drug suspension, was suspended 10 games for violating the substance abuse policy again. He'll be eligible to return Dec. 15.

SEX ASSAULT INVESTIGATION: Cowboys safety C.J. Spillman is being investigated in connection with a reported sexual assault at the team hotel on Sept. 20, according to Grapevine, Texas, police. Spillman hasn't been charged or arrested, and the investigation is ongoing, police spokesman Barry Bowling said.

BRIDGEWATER IFFY: The Vikings listed quarterback Teddy Bridgewater as questionable for tonight's game at Green Bay. The rookie sprained his left ankle in the fourth quarter of his first NFL start Sunday, a victory over the Falcons.

PALMER SETBACK: Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said quarterback Carson Palmer was seeing another specialist after his injured shoulder regressed following some throwing last week. Arians said Palmer's condition is "fairly close" to what it was when he hurt the right shoulder in the season opener.

RAMS STICK WITH DAVIS: St. Louis coach Jeff Fisher said Austin Davis will start at quarterback for the rest of the season. Fisher had insisted that Shaun Hill would return as the starter as soon as he was completely healed from a quad injury.

SUH TIGHT-LIPPED: Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh stuck to his policy of not talking about his contract status and the free agency that awaits him at the end of the season. "Focus on Buffalo," he said. "I'm looking forward to playing against them, and it's as simple as that." Over the weekend, ESPN reported that Suh, 27, and the Lions are preparing for him to leave after this season.

BEARS: Receiver Brandon Marshall, who has been hobbled by a sore ankle, practiced in full for the first time in a few weeks.

JAGUARS: Suspended receiver Justin Blackmon has voluntarily checked into a treatment facility, and coach Gus Bradley said the 2012 first-round pick "is doing very well and he's learning a lot." … Rookie receiver Marqise Lee will miss a third straight game with a strained right hamstring.

PACKERS: Receiver Jarrett Boykin will miss tonight's game with a groin injury.

TITANS: Quarterback Jake Locker is expected to start next weekend after missing Sunday's game with a right wrist injury.