09/12/2021; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Green Bay Packers linebacker Za’Darius Smith (55) looks on the field in the fourth quarter against the New Orleans Saints at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
Green Bay Packers star linebacker Za’Darius Smith is indefinitely out of office this week following back surgery, NFL Network reported on Friday.
Smith played 18 snaps as reserve at the season opener against the New Orleans Saints despite severe back pain and was placed in the injured reserve on September 17.
The Packers did not reveal that Smith had an operation or whether or not the season was over.
Smith, 29, made it to the Pro Bowl in his first two seasons with Green Bay. He had a career high of 13.5 sacks in 2019 and 12.5 last season.
Smith spent his first four seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, having 18.5 sacks in 58 games (16 starts).
The Packers lack Smith’s pass-rushing skills as they only have four sacks in three games.