New Orleans, Louisiana 2021-09-17 14:19:07 –
Coach Matt LaFleur said Friday that Green Bay Packers defensive end Za’Darius Smith is heading to the disabled list.
29-year-old Smith scored a tackle while playing with just 18 defensive snaps in the Packers’ 38-3 season opener to New Orleans Saints last weekend.
“I’ll have to shut him down for a while,” Lafruul said. “It’s whether you just keep him in a limited role, or shut him down for a while, try to keep him healthy, and raise him to the snap count you want him to be like. The problem is he was in the past.
“He was a very impactful player. That’s the route we thought was the best in the long run.”
Smith recorded 12.5 sack, 52 tackles, 4 forced fumbles and 2 fumble recovery in 16 games (all starts) last season.
A selection of Pro Bowls in both 2019 and 2020, Smith has 227 tackles, 44.5 sack and eight compulsions in 91 career games (48 starts) between Baltimore Ravens (2015-18) and the Packers. Has fumble, two fumble recovery.
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