Za’Darius Smith will not see the field again for at least three weeks.
The Green Bay Packers are putting the edge running back on injured reserve with a back injury, according to NFL Network’s Stacey Dales.
Smith, who was dealing with the injury during Week 1, played 18 defensive plays in a 38-3 loss to the New Orleans Saints. He had a tackle.
Despite Smith going to injured reserve, Packers head coach Matt LaFleur said he is comfortable with the decision to let the 29-year-old play against the Saints.
In 16 games last season, Smith had 12.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, 52 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss and 23 quarterback hits.
Smith is in the third year of a four-year, $ 66 million deal with the Packers. He spent four seasons with the Baltimore Ravens before signing with Green Bay after the 2018 season.
With Smith out of the game, Jonathan Garvin should see more playing time in the coming weeks.