Packers open practice window for Za’Darius Smith

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One Packers’ edge rusher teased his return in an Instagram post earlier this week and now it’s official.

Head coach Matt LaFleur told reporters in his press conference that Za'Darius Smith will return to practice on Wednesday, opening his 21-day window to be activated off of injured reserve to the 53-man roster.

Smith has been out with a back injury that required surgery since September. He appeared in the Packers’ season-opening loss to New Orleans but missed the rest of the regular season.

In Smith’s first two seasons with Green Bay, he put up a combined 26.0 sacks. He could provide a significant boost to the Packers’ pass rush through the postseason.

Rashan Gary led the club with 9.5 sacks and had 28 quarterback hits. Preston Smith had 9.0 sacks with 17 QB hits.

2 responses to “Packers open practice window for Za’Darius Smith

  1. The edge rusher rotation of Z, Preston, and Rashan is a scary thought for QB’s coming to Lambeau.

    Good see Bakh, Z, and Preston all practicing today.

    Getting healthier at the right time. This was the plan all along.

    It is time to do special things



  2. I have my doubts he will be all that effective. This guy cried about his contract, came in hurt and missed all but a couple of snaps. If the back issue was legit he will be very limited. He is awful vs the run so he is only any good in obvious passing downs. Ravens where right to let him walk.

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