Green Bay Packers linebacker Za’Darius Smith had back surgery earlier this week, according to reports. According to NFL Network insider Mike Garafolo, while the recovery from this procedure will keep the star linebacker off the field for an extended period of time, there is still hope that he could return before the end of the 2021 season. On Friday, the NFL world took to Twitter to express their disappointment with the news.
Bad news for the Packers pass rush, though it has shown improvement without him as the season progresses https://t.co/NNlgCQIzRK
— Dave Schroeder (@SchroederWBAY) October 1, 2021
— Jonathan Diel (@RealDielCosplay) October 1, 2021
Get it fixed now, have him back for the playoffs (hopefully) https://t.co/XcnPKPgBZC
— #RodgersReckoning (@RodgersForeva) October 1, 2021
[wpcc-script async src=” https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js ” In Week 1, the two-time Pro Bowl defender attempted to play through the problem by playing 18 snaps in his team’s rout of the New Orleans Saints. However, he was placed on IR the following week. Smith has been a consistent producer on the defensive side of the ball since joining the Packers in 2019. During his two seasons in Green Bay, the former Raven racked up a total of 26 tackles. 0 sacks, 107 tackles, 60 quarterback hits, five fumble recoveries, and two Pro Bowl selections.
$00 If Smith does not return this season, he could be playing his final snap for the Packers. In Smith’s absence, linebackers Preston Smith, Rashan Gary, De’Vondre Campbell, and Krys Barnes will have to step up.
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