The Packers waived Smith yesterday because of a failed physical, but reports weren’t clear on whether Smith was claimed by the Chargers by the 3 p.m. CDT deadline or whether he had passed through waivers and was signed by San Diego.
But one thing is for certain – Smith won’t be wearing the #51 Green and Gold jersey anymore. After suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament last October, nobody was really sure if he would make it back with the Packers, especially after the Packers re-signed A.J. Hawk and Brad Jones this offseason. In addition, Desmond Bishop, another inside linebacker, is hoped to return at some point after he suffered a serious hamstring injury that also kept him off the field all of last season.
Smith, who was a sixth round pick by the Packers in 2011, was considered short for a linebacker, but was always around the football. In 22 games with Green Bay, he had 82 tackles. He also stepped into the starting role at inside linebacker last year when Bishop went down with his injury.