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Green Bay Packers LB Za’Darius Smith Underwent Surgery

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Green Bay Packers LB Za’Darius Smith underwent back surgery this week, meaning he’ll be out for an extended period of time

Mike Garafolo reported LB Za’Darius Smith underwent back surgery earlier this week.

The Green Bay Packers are hoping this isn’t a season-ending procedure.

In the interim, starting OLBs Preston Smith and Rashan Gary will need to shoulder the load on defense to supply the unit with some much-needed pass rush.

In particular, the team will need Gary to take a big step up in his play as he’ll be leaned on more heavily than he has in his career.

The resurgence shown by NT Kenny Clark is a big boost to the pass rush as well, but the defense and coordinator Joe Barry will all need to raise their level of play in order to fill in the wide gap left by the loss of the team’s best pass rusher.

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