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06-2022

Packers release linebacker Jaylon Smith

Packers release linebacker Jaylon Smith

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers have released Jaylon Smith less than a month after signing former Dallas Cowboys linebacker.

Smith’s agent Doug Hendrickson confirmed Tuesday that Smith, 26, has been released. ESPN first reported the move.

Smith joined the Packers on October 7, a day after the Cowboys released him. Smith led the Cowboys in 2019 and 2020, but he never came close to making that kind of impact with Green Bay.

He played a total of 27 defensive shots in two matches with the Packers. Smith was on the field for 27.9% of his defensive snap in Chicago on October 17 and 13.9% of his defensive snap against Washington a week later.

The Packers left Smith inactive for their 24-21 win over the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday, even though he didn’t come on injury reports all week.

Smith, a 2016 second-round pick, was productive with the Cowboys earlier in his career and was a Pro Bowl injury replacement in 2019. But his performance had waned since the start of the 2020 season.

The former Notre Dame star won the 2015 Butkas Award as college football’s top linebacker. He was considered a potential first-round pick before a serious knee injury at the Fiesta Bowl caused his draft stock to decline and forced him to miss the entire 2016 season.

Green Bay (7-1) visits the Kansas City Chiefs (4-4) on Sunday.

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