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Packers waive LB D.J. Smith

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The Packers parted ways with one of their opening-week defensive starters from 2012, placing linebacker D.J. Smith on waivers Wednesday. According to the league’s official transactions, the 24-year-old Smith was waived with a “failed physical” designation.

Smith started the first six games of 2012 at middle linebacker for the Packers, recording 39 tackles. However, he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in the Packers’ Oct. 14 win at Houston, an injury that ended his campaign. The Green Bay Press-Gazette reported in March that Smith’s availability for the start of training camp was in question, with even his readiness for Week One not a sure thing.

Smith was a sixth-round pick of Green Bay in the 2011 draft. As a rookie, he appeared in all 16 games for the Packers, starting three times and notching 43 tackles.

A.J. Hawk, Brad Jones and Desmond Bishop are among the Packers’ options at inside linebacker entering 2013.

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32 Responses to “Packers waive LB D.J. Smith”
  1. johnnyb216 says: Apr 24, 2013 6:35 PM

    Wow! What is going on over there today?! TT is on the warpath!

  2. larryboodry says: Apr 24, 2013 6:36 PM

    I’m sure someone will grab him once he is healthy.

  3. goraidersgospurs says: Apr 24, 2013 6:37 PM

    I assume he is Oakland bound!!!

  4. jessethegreat says: Apr 24, 2013 6:39 PM

    Doesn’t sound good to be a Packer that got hurt against Houston right now!

  5. gregm5s7 says: Apr 24, 2013 6:42 PM

    Undersized, small-school, late round draft pick who found his way in the starting lineup. Sad to see him still not 100%

  6. prosportswashington says: Apr 24, 2013 6:42 PM

    Is it just me or do they have a constant revolving door at LB and OL?

  7. richcranium2112 says: Apr 24, 2013 6:46 PM

    Knock, knock. Ted? Hello?

  8. raiderinvader says: Apr 24, 2013 6:47 PM

    pick him up when he’s healthy, Reggie Mac ! use that packers connection

  9. contra74 says: Apr 24, 2013 6:55 PM

    Ha, thats classic. You have a coach like McCarthy who lets go players due to failed physicals. Only in GB.

  10. onbucky96 says: Apr 24, 2013 7:02 PM

    Um, okay. In Ted We Trust this time of year.

  11. wludford says: Apr 24, 2013 7:03 PM

    Another 6th rounder bites the dust.

  12. jebsta16 says: Apr 24, 2013 7:11 PM

    That’s too bad because he really looked like a solid back up. At least we now know that ILB will be a priority in the draft.

  13. glastron1 says: Apr 24, 2013 7:14 PM

    It should be “In Ted you trust” because I sure don’t.

  14. emoney826 says: Apr 24, 2013 7:30 PM

    Well they said they wanted to get bigger and more physical. DJ Smith wasn’t the biggest guy. Plus being hurt doesn’t help this upcoming year.

  15. localoutlaw says: Apr 24, 2013 7:30 PM

    Ted’s taking out the trash!

  16. leroysbutler says: Apr 24, 2013 7:37 PM

    I trust Ted, but I’m worried about the brain drain. Dorsey, McKenzie, and Schneider all gone.

  17. 4sacroc says: Apr 24, 2013 7:38 PM

    “You can’t make the team if you’re in the tub…”

  18. 8nflfan7 says: Apr 24, 2013 7:42 PM

    I REALLY THINK STEELERS SHOULD TAKE A LOOK AT DIS PLAYER HES YOUNG..

  19. peopletrains says: Apr 24, 2013 8:32 PM

    Not a bad move. Doubtful he is picked up before the draft. Wait and see if Minter, Jarvis Jones, Ogletree is there with their 1st round pick. If not, pick the guy back up.

  20. cranespy says: Apr 24, 2013 8:59 PM

    This kid is a player……get well D.J…..there’s a spot for you in the NFL somewhere…..APP………………STATE

  21. arejaye57 says: Apr 24, 2013 9:18 PM

    Packers are getting ready to sign Rodge to a mega deal. Right before the draft starts, to steal the thunder from the rest of the NFL. Give Rodge the attention he never got on his draft day. Dood is a prick.

  22. gbmickey says: Apr 24, 2013 9:23 PM

    Contra the prototypical troll. I would be interested to hear what you would do with a 6th round pick who can’t pass a physical? Your jealousy of all Packers is getting deeper by the day.

  23. immafubared says: Apr 24, 2013 9:23 PM

    Word leaked that the Packers are admitting mistakes in going small and versatile movement several years ago.
    They were manhandled by the Giants and 9er’s and clearly are going to become more physical by getting bigger and stronger players.

    There are a handful of smallish guys on this team that are producing.

  24. whatjusthapped says: Apr 24, 2013 9:28 PM

    He has an option to join the Vikings, he’s an ex packer and not good enough to wear green and gold so he fits the Viking’s criteria.

  25. trapshoot says: Apr 24, 2013 9:45 PM

    T T does quite a few things that are very difficult to figure out. This is one of them.

  26. ddjesus says: Apr 24, 2013 9:55 PM

    He’ll probably be back on the roster this season after he’s back 100%

  27. stevincinci says: Apr 24, 2013 9:56 PM

    A.J. Hawk, Brad Jones and Desmond Bishop are among the Packers’ options at inside linebacker entering 2013.

    A.J Hawk is more than an option, he’s the frickin starter.

  28. maverick2560 says: Apr 24, 2013 10:04 PM

    Imagine if your the player. You work hard they make you the starter. You then suffer an injury. The normal recovery period is 9 – 12 months. They cut you! They take away your means of working on behalf of yourself and family.
    Your coach who has always presented himself as a blue-collar guy from a mill town like Pittsburgh. In Pittsburgh we call that a ” jagoffj
    move! The NFL and Goodell always try to project themselves as a caring league with the safety of the players as foremost. This is just wrong!

  29. kcflake says: Apr 24, 2013 10:41 PM

    Pick him up chiefs. Line him up next to d. Johndon. Dorsey, use that packer connection.

  30. ctgiant says: Apr 24, 2013 10:46 PM

    Teo is liking GB, they don;’t care if he fakes a girlfriend, or had one, in the form of of man?
    Please, take him, I’m afraid we might?
    OMG< say it ain't so Reese!
    CT GIANT

  31. purpwalk says: Apr 25, 2013 12:25 PM

    another hole to fill on defense

  32. deltaoracle says: Apr 25, 2013 3:56 PM

    He was a kid who wasn’t afraid to hit. Unfortunately the guys he was hitting were usually much bigger, and you can’t do that for too long.

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