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.