From Comcast SportsNetCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Steve Smith was on crutches after being treated for what the Carolina Panthers described as a left foot infection. Coach Ron Rivera says Smith is being treated with antibiotics, but the wide receiver's status for the remainder of the preseason is unknown. Smith was seen walking around the stadium on crutches, but was unavailable for comment Wednesday. Panthers middle linebacker Jon Beason was also held out of practice with a strained hamstring. The Panthers (No. 20 in the AP Pro32) face the New York Jets on Sunday and then wrap up the preseason the following Thursday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Panthers could decide to hold both star players out until the regular season. Rivera says Carolina's starters will play into the third quarter Sunday.
The Wizards released their 19-man training camp roster on Thursday, including their two players signed under two-way contracts and two veterans joining the team on training camp invites.
Devin Robinson of the University of Florida and Michael Young of Pittsburgh are the two two-way players. They were signed as undrafted free agents following the 2017 NBA Draft. Under the NBA's new system of two-way deals, they will spend the majority of their time in the G-League with an alotment of 45 days at the NBA level.
The two veterans on training camp invitations are combo guard Donald Sloan, a five-year NBA veteran who played last year in China, and Carrick Felix, who last played in the NBA in 2013-14 with the Cavs and spent last year with the Long Island Nets of the G-League.
Here is the full roster:
PG John Wall
SG Bradley Beal
SF Otto Porter
PF Markieff Morris
C Marcin Gortat
C Ian Mahinmi
PF Jason Smith
PG Tim Frazier
SF Kelly Oubre
PF Mike Scott
SG Jodie Meeks
PG Tomas Satoransky
SG Sheldon Mac
C Daniel Ochefu
PF Chris McCullough
SF Devin Robinson
PF Michael Young
PG Donald Sloan
SG Carrick Felix
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As part of CSN's preview for the 2017-18 season, we are looking at each player on the Wizards' roster. Today, we preview Sheldon Mac's season...
Player: Sheldon Mac
Position: Shooting guard
2016-17 stats: 30 G, 9.6 mpg, 3.0 ppg, 0.5 apg, 1.1 rpg, 0.3 spg, 0.1 bpg, 40.0 FG%, 44.7 3P%, 85.2 FT%, 44.7 eFG%, 112 ORtg, 112 DRtg
2017-18 storyline: Mac returns to the Wizards for the 2017-18 season following a rookie year where he didn't play much at all. Bradley Beal stayed healthy and Mac, who the Wizards signed as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Miami last summer, largely rode the bench.
Mac did get 30 games under his belt and some brief playoff experience. That should breed confidence not only that he belongs at this level, but that he can make a true impact. Mac will once again need to prove himself, as he enters 2017-18 training camp as one of two players - along with Daniel Ochefu - without a full guaranteed contract for the season. Mac is due $1.3 million, but much of his deal is earned only if he is on the roster past Jan. 10.
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Mac's minutes will again be dependent on those ahead of him on the depth chart, namely Beal who will play the vast majority of minutes at shooting guard, depending on health. Behind Beal is Jodie Meeks, whom the Wizards signed to be their primary scorer off the bench. Meeks does have a detailed injury history, so his availability could ultimately be an issue, but for now Mac is on the outside of the rotation looking in.
In order to earn minutes, Mac will likely need an opportunity from an injury but he can earn more trust from Scott Brooks by playing sound defense and hitting outside shots more consistently.
Potential to improve: Outside shooting, on-ball defense, efficiency.
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