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Packers OLB Za'Darius Smith had back surgery this week and will miss "an extended period of time," according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo. There's reportedly "hope" that Smith's season is not over, but that phrasing means it could be. Smith is safe to drop in nearly all IDP redraft formats, in case you had been hanging on to him. His continued absence leaves Preston Smith and Rashan Gary as Green Bay's top 2 on the edge.

The Packers are placing OLB Za'Darius Smith on IR for the back injury that dogged him throughout the summer and limited his Week 1 playing time. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the team hopes a few weeks of rest will allow Smith to return at full strength, rather than having him manage the back issue throughout the season. Smith's absence will mean more playing time on the edges for Rashan Gary and Jonathan Garvin. Gary -- a 1st-round pick in 2019 -- was already viewed as a potential breakout performer for Green Bay this year, after coming on for 5 sacks in a limited role in 2020. He's worth a look in deeper IDP leagues that favor sack/pressure scoring.

The Packers spent the 12th pick of the NFL Draft on OLB Rashan Gary. The Michigan product tallied just 9.5 total sacks across 3 seasons with the Wolverines and managed only 23 total tackles for loss. He tested wonderfully at the Scouting Combine, including the 2nd-best speed score among edge players. Gary will be blocked on the edge in Green Bay early, after the Packers signed both Preston Smith and Za'Darius Smith in free agency. It's hard to like Gary's IDP outlook.

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