Packers activate Whitney Mercilus, Za’Darius Smith

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The Packers defense will be getting a pair of reinforcements on the edge for Saturday’s game against the 49ers.

The team announced on Friday that Whitney Mercilus and Za'Darius Smith have both been activated from injured reserve. The team also activated wide receiver Randall Cobb on Thursday.

Mercilus has not played since injuring his biceps in Week 10. He had five tackles and a sack in four games with the Packers after being acquired in a trade with the Texans.

Smith had back surgery after playing in the season opener, so he’s had an even longer layoff. Both players will join Rashan Gary and Preston Smith as options to set the edge of the defense this weekend.

The Packers made room for the two defenders by releasing defensive lineman Jack Heflin and cornerback Isaac Yiadom.

12 responses to “Packers activate Whitney Mercilus, Za’Darius Smith

  1. Fantastic. Even if not at full strength, this allows for a very nice rotation on the d-line. Go Pack!

  2. Am I the only one who noticed how the Packers defense played its best games of the season when Mercilus was playing???

  3. Unless they add Lawrence Taylor, Dick Butkus, and Reggie White in their primes they don’t stand a chance of beating the Niners.

  4. Pack by 1 due to the variables don’t match well and I don’t believe home field is worth 3. Niners run game travels well. Weather doesn’t affect playoff teams greatly if they have a run game. Pack defense needs to hit Grappalo fast and hard so he doesn’t nit his favorite target area often- which is slants over the middle. I see the rotations on the O Line and Defense as positives in the 4th quarter. We all know special teams has sucked so any improvement game day is a neutral. I hope they win by more to keep me from the cardiac hospital.

  5. Stupid move. Packers are going to need run support, not pass rushing against 49ers. 49ers are going to stuff the ball right down Packer’s throats tomorrow. Wait and see. Only hope GB has is to outscore them because defensive personnel won’t be adequate to stop them.

  6. I like it when Vikings fans say “all the Niners have to do is run the ball.”

    The Vikings tried doing that in week 17 and Dalvin totaled 13 yards on 12 touches.

    So this begs the question:

    Are the Packers that bad on defense like you’re claiming now? Or is Dalvin Cook not good?

    13 yards on 12 touches. 😂

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