Devastating: Packers lose injured D.J. Smith for season : Packers Insider

Devastating: Packers lose injured D.J. Smith for season

October 16, 2012 by  
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By Kareem Copeland, Around the League Writer

~Green Bay Packers inside linebacker D.J. Smith is out for the season, coach Mike McCarthy announced at his Monday news conference.

Smith suffered a knee injury during Sunday’s 42-24 victory over the Houston Texans.

This was the hit that ended Smith's season. I don't believe this was a dirty hit as the play was still not whistled dead with Foster just being brought down at this moment that LT Duane Brown hit Smith. He didn't hit him in the knee. It was up high, but not a cheap shot to the head. Remember, D.J. is just 5-10 and Brown is about 6-6. I think it was just more bad luck with Smith's right foot getting stuck in the bad grass instead of being de-cleated. Also, Smith appeared to let up a bit too soon, not imagining a "block" might still occur. It's just another bad, unlucky break for the Packers.

The second-year pro became a starter in Green Bay after Desmond Bishop was lost for the season with a torn hamstring during the preseason. Veterans Robert Francois and Brad Jones should have the first opportunity to replace Smith. Francois started two games on the inside in 2011 while A.J. Hawk dealt with a calf injury.

Sad: Smith is carried off the field by Packer trainers as his season ended on the play in week 6.

The Packers’ defense played admirably against the previously undefeated Texans. Cornerback Sam Shields (shin) and outside linebacker Nick Perry (knee) also were injured during the game. Nose tackle B.J. Raji sat out with a sprained ankle he suffered the previous week against the Indianapolis Colts. McCarthy says he’ll know more about Shields and Perry later in the week, the Green Bay Press-Gazette reported.

Green Bay is 15th in scoring defense in the NFL (22.5 points per game). If guys are going to be banged up, this is a good stretch for it, with the St. Louis Rams, Jacksonville Jaguars and Arizona Cardinals on the schedule the next three weeks.

Smith was only starting because on Aug 9, 2012 in San Diego, original starter Desmond Bishop (55) was seriously injured in the very first preseason game at Qualcomm Stadium. His season ended before it even began. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

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Bishop was playing at a top-10 ILB level for the Packers. Bishop (55) is helped off the field after being injured during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the San Diego Chargers on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

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