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Za’Darius Smith “could potentially” miss season opener

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Packers edge rusher Za’Darius Smith came off the non-football injury list last week, but the back problem that led to his initial placement hasn’t gone away.

Smith made a brief return to practice, but was out later in the week and head coach Matt LaFleur’s Sunday update on his condition wasn’t a particularly optimistic one. LaFleur said he didn’t know when Smith will be back in action and that he “could potentially” miss the team’s Week 1 game in New Orleans.

“He’s injured right now. I know he wants to be out there, but we’re going to be smart with him,” LaFleur said, via Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

Smith reportedly had some issues with the way the Packers handled a contract restructure this offseason, so there hasn’t been much for Smith to smile about this summer.