Za’Darius Smith had back surgery

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The Packers placed pass rusher Za'Darius Smith on injured reserve a couple of weeks ago with a back injury and he won’t be back anytime soon.

NFL Media reports that Smith had back surgery this week. He is expected to be able to return to action at some point this season, but it will be an extended time on the shelf before Smith will have a chance to make that happen.

Smith had one tackle while playing 18 defensive snaps in the season opener. The Packers restructured Smith’s contract in the offseason and he’s likely to get cut loose this offseason unless the team addresses his contract another way.

Preston Smith and Rashan Gary are the top players on the edge for the Packers defense heading into their Week Four game against the Steelers.

15 responses to “Za’Darius Smith had back surgery

  1. He’ll be back in time to play the Minnesota Vikings, he always manhandles their entire offensive line-unfortunately.

  2. Wow, surprising news and I’m surprised GB wasn’t more forthcoming that the surgery was happening.

  3. This was known early this week. Doctors said week 10 would be soonest. Get in about 6 or 7 games before the playoffs, and then wreak havoc like Z does.

    All is good. Rashan, Preston, and Garvin have a good rotation going. Garvin is only 22 and a up and coming player. Looked good against the Niners. This new defense is just getting going. Takes it little time with a new system. You saw it start to come together against the Niners. Only up from here.

    Need to get these next few games. Schedule gets kinda brutal in November. Bakh and Elgton coming back soon. That will bolster the line. Get Z back week 10.

    Start to steamroll fools.

    Green And Gold ‘Til Dead And Cold

  4. Get healthy and show he’s still got it in time for free agency because he’s probably gone next year with his cap hit

  5. harianus1985 says:
    October 1, 2021 at 6:23 pm
    How could you ever replace that week one performance?

    How about with two good wins. What do you think?

  6. unknownvikingfan says:
    October 1, 2021 at 8:15 pm

    His season has been more successful than Barr’s to date.
    It’s funny because it’s true.

  7. There was all the background noise that ZS wanted a contract extension yet he has been hobbled as it seems for a lengthy period. Great guy with a great motor but I hope the inevitable age deterioration hasn’t already taken its toll.

  8. Rashan Gary has been a bust so far.

    In the Championship game on the Bucs final possession, he ambled off the field allowing Brady to start the play early and get a free 5 yards for 12 men on the field.

  9. He should have had the surgery earlier – it’s almost impossible for football players to rehab those disc injuries. And now I see cheesers are expecting some sort of magical late season return from an injury that typically warrants a longer rehab rather than 3 hours worth of violent late season collisions.

  10. Historically, players with back problems don’t ever return to their full productivity.
    You blow out an ACL and you fix your ACL… doesn’t really work that way with your back

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