Carolina didn't activate Smith (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports.

Unsurprisingly, Smith wasn't able to clear the NFL's COVID-19 return-to-play protocol for the Week 18 contest after he was placed on the list Thursday following his positive test for the virus. Carolina elevated Keith Kirkwood from the practice squad as a COVID-19 replacement for Smith, who wraps up his rookie season with six receptions for 104 yards and no touchdowns across 11 targets over his six appearances.

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