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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.

Packers OLB Za’Darius Smith is active for today’s game against the Saints. He entered questionable with a back issue and could be limited. But there’s IDP upside for the pass rusher vs. Jamie’s Winston

Packers OLB Za’Darius Smith will play today against the Saints, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Smith is officially questionable with a back issue that kept him out through most of August. We’d still try to not use him in IDP leagues, but his presence is good news for the Green Bay defense

Packers OLB Za'Darius Smith is questionable for Sunday's game against the Saints. He was limited Wednesday and Thursday with his back injury but finished the week sitting out Friday. He's not a good bet or IDP lineups even if he turns up active.

Packers OLB Za'Darius Smith (ankle) is active for today's game against the Eagles. He's a high-upside sack threat vs. a Philly team that has allowed the most in the league.

Packers OLB Za'Darius Smith (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Eagles. Smith sustained an ankle injury in Thursday's practice and then sat out Friday -- a worrisome progression for his game status. We'll keep an eye on reports for Smith over the weekend and check his status Sunday afternoon.

Packers OLB Za'Darius Smith (ankle) is active for today's game against the Buccaneers. Use him as you normally would in IDP lineups.

Packers OLB Za'Darius Smith (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers. He put in full practices Wednesday and Thursday before being limited Friday. We'll check his status Sunday.

Packers DT Kenny Clark is inactive for tonight's game against the Falcons. He's been out since suffering a groin injury in Week 1. CB Jaire Alexander and OLB Za'Darius Smith are active and available for IDP lineups.

Packers CB Jaire Alexander (hand, knee) popped up on the injury report Saturday as questionable for Monday night's game against the Falcons. He missed practice Saturday after practicing in full Thursday and Friday. Don't wait for him Monday night unless you have a replacement from the same game. DT Kenny Clark (groin) and OLB Za'Darius Smith (ankle) are questionable for the game. Each put in limited practices all week. Clark has been out since suffering his injury in Week 1 and doesn't make for a great IDP bet. Smith is worth waiting for if you were planning to start him and have insurance available. Falcons LB Foye Oluokun looks like a potential replacement option.

Packers OLB Za'Darius Smith is active for tonight's game against the Eagles. That puts him in play for IDP lineups and keeps Green Bay's hot-starting pass rush intact.

Packers OLB Za'Darius Smith is questionable for Thursday night's game against the Eagles. He wasn't on the injury report to start the week but popped up with limited practices Tuesday and Wednesday. If Smith can't go, then we'd likely see more Rashan Gary and Kyler Fackrell -- though Fackrell's also questionable (shoulder).

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the Packers are expected to sign OLB Za'Darius Smith when free agency opens Wednesday. Smith delivered a career-high 8.5 sacks in 2018 with the largest playing-time share of his career. He also tied for 14th in pass-rushing grade among all edge players on Pro Football Focus (though Smith graded much lower in run D). Smith's certain to grab a starting role with Green Bay, which has options for how to treat the other outside spot. Remaining a LB for fantasy purposes will limit Smith's IDP upside.

Ravens CB Brandon Carr (knee) and OLB Za'Darius Smith (hamstring) are active for today's game against the Browns. Each entered the day questionable. Baltimore also gets top CB Jimmy Smith back after a season-opening 4-game suspension. This remains an upside team D even on the road today.

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