Za'Darius Smith will play vs Saints

The Packers linebacker will reportedly give it a go in Jacksonville. 

From NFLN:

Smith missed most of training camp with a back injury and only returned to practice this past week in a limited fashion.

We'll see how much he's able to contribute this afternoon against the Saints. 

Smith, who hasn’t missed a regular-season game over the last two years, posted the most sacks (26.0) by a player in his first two seasons (2019-20) with the Packers and is tied for No. 3 in the NFL in sacks over the last two seasons (2019-20).

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CheesyTex's picture

September 12, 2021 at 10:53 am

Hmmm. Cannot help wondering whether or not it was a preseason contract renegotiation injury. Hope so.

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PatrickGB's picture

September 12, 2021 at 11:39 am

I understand why that is a consideration. I could see that as a possibility. Yet I also remember a number of games stopped for an injury timeout because Z was on his back on the ground. There were times when I thought it was a ploy. But if he has a nagging back problem then it makes sense. I have struggled with back problems for decades. Sometimes I just ignore it otherwise nothing gets done and it still hurts even with rest. My guess is that he has had that problem for some time and the staff has been careful with it.

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CheesyTex's picture

September 12, 2021 at 02:28 pm

I think your guess is correct, unfortunately. I've also thought that many of Z's game stoppage "injuries" were just a ploy.

Z brings so much to the D above and beyond his (terrific in my opinion) on-field play -- that I'm hoping for the best.

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September 12, 2021 at 11:04 am

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September 12, 2021 at 11:08 am

Even with limited participation from ZDS, this should be Gary's time to shine--right here, right now; expecting a big year 3 from him.

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