Za'Darius Smith returns to practice

The Packers outside linebacker missed almost all of training camp with a back injury.

Baby steps.

After missing the start of training camp while on the Non Football Injury list with a back injury, Packers veteran outside linebacker Za'Darius Smith returned to a light practice on Monday as the team begins prepararations for their season opener against the New Orleans Saints. It was the first time he's taken the field to participate in any capacity since August 16th. 

Earlier in the day head coach Matt LaFleur had said “we’re hopeful” when asked if Smith would practice this week, and sure enough there was Smith taking part in individual drills as the team got to work after three days off.

While Smith did not take part in team drills, his participation in individual work is a promising sign that he could be available when the team travels to Jacksonville to take on the Saints. 

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Lphill's picture

September 06, 2021 at 01:28 pm

Hasn't practiced this entire camp , I doubt he suits up for the Saints.

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dobber's picture

September 06, 2021 at 03:32 pm

He practiced twice around the time the Jets were in town and aggravated his back injury (Aug 16, see above)

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TheBigCheeze's picture

September 06, 2021 at 01:35 pm

There better not be a contract dispute.... gettin tired of that....

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StantheFan's picture

September 06, 2021 at 03:20 pm

Agreed. The front office needs to get their shit together

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Johnblood27's picture

September 06, 2021 at 08:28 pm

Maybe the PLAYERS need to get THEIR shit together.

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Stroh's picture

September 06, 2021 at 09:07 pm

I'd say Rodgers needs to get his head outta his azz!

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NJ-RICK's picture

September 06, 2021 at 02:48 pm

Someone else on the team will have to take his place until he returns. Its a long season need him as much for the playoffs. Go Pack Go..!!!

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stockholder's picture

September 06, 2021 at 03:55 pm

I See Gary getting more playing Time.

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Johnblood27's picture

September 06, 2021 at 08:28 pm

nice prognostication Kreskin...

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stockholder's picture

September 06, 2021 at 03:57 pm

I doubt it's a dispute.

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THESZOTMAN1's picture

September 08, 2021 at 12:08 pm

Hope Z can at least get in rotation. Give Winston something else to think about.
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