Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Za’Darius Smith underwent surgery this week.
Two weeks ago, the Green Bay Packers placed outside linebacker Za’Darius Smith on the injured reserved list with a back injury. It was then reported that he would be put on hold for a while and that was confirmed today with Smith having surgery this week for the injury. The team hopes that Smith can return later in the season.
Za’Darius Smith misses time after back surgery
Losing a player of Smith’s caliber will be difficult for Green Bay as they try to replace his production. Smith made the Pro Bowl in 2019 and 2020 and was second-team All-pro last season. He finished the 2020 season with 12.5 sacks, 52 tackles and 23 quarterback hits.
With Smith alone in the opening game, sophomore player Rashawn Gary has replaced him. The Packers struggled defensively for the first few weeks of the season. After giving up 322 yards and 38 points to the New Orleans Saints in Week 1, they let the San Francisco 49ers score 28 points for a total of 298 yards in Week 3.
In Week 4, Green Bay will play against a struggling Pittsburgh Steelers team. It will be an opportunity for the Packers defense to find a rhythm. Even with a slow defensive start, the offense clicked over the past two weeks with a score of 30 or better in both games. They are currently on top of the NFC North while the rest of the division is struggling. Green Bay has a good chance of repeating as division champions and if all goes according to plan Smith could join them late as they prepare for the playoffs.