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D.J. Smith | Linebacker

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (25) / 2/24/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 238
College: Appalachian State
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Panthers signed ILB D.J. Smith.
Smith comes up from the practice squad to take Mike Tolbert's place on the active roster. Still just 25 years old, he'll be quality depth and insurance if Thomas Davis (undisclosed) can't go. Sep 23 - 12:22 PM

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Panthers signed ILB D.J. Smith, WR Toney Clemons, G Derek Dennis, T Oscar Johnson, CB De'Quan Menzie, and T Casey Walker to reserve/future contracts.

Smith is the most interesting prospect as a former Packers starter who recently has been plagued by knee problems. Still only 25 -- he turns in February -- Smith should get a long look for a 2014 roster spot if healthy.
Jan 3 - 4:49 PM

Texans signed ILB D.J. Smith.

Smith was cut by the Chargers ahead of Week 1 and has been on the street ever since. The 24-year-old has a history of knee problems. The Texans are banged up at inside 'backer, with Joe Mays and Darryl Sharpton battling injuries.
Wed, Nov 13, 2013 05:28:00 PM

Chargers waived ILB D.J. Smith.

Smith has a troubling history of knee problems, which may have sapped his explosion and first-step quickness. He'll likely pass through waivers unclaimed.
Sun, Sep 1, 2013 04:09:00 PM

Updating a previous item, the Chargers signed ILB D.J. Smith (ACL surgery) to a two-year contract worth $1.07 million.

He got a $103,152 signing bonus. It was previously reported that San Diego claimed Smith off waivers, but he actually signed a brand-new contract. Smith may have to open the season on PUP, but he's showed well enough in past opportunities that he could eventually contribute as a nickel 'backer or starter.
Wed, May 1, 2013 04:09:00 PM

Chargers claimed ILB D.J. Smith off waivers from the Packers.

Nice pickup for rookie GM Tom Telesco. Smith, 24, has performed solidly and even flashed some playmaking ability (five PBUs, one INT, two sacks) across nine career starts while playing as an every-down inside 'backer in Green Bay's 3-4. The Packers cut him due to a failed physical after suffering a major injury last October. Even if Smith doesn't contribute in 2013, the Chargers could stash him on PUP or I.R. and have a good player for cheap in 2014.
Thu, Apr 25, 2013 04:28:00 PM

Packers waived ILB D.J. Smith.

Smith suffered a major knee injury last October -- said to be at least a torn ACL, and wasn't expected to be ready by training camp. The Packers will move forward with Brad Jones, Rob Francois, and Terrell Manning behind Desmond Bishop and A.J. Hawk. Smith could still generate some interest on waivers. He just turned 24 years old and has held his own in nine career starts.
Wed, Apr 24, 2013 05:37:00 PM

According to the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Packers ILB D.J. Smith (knee surgery) will be "hard pressed" to return by training camp.

Smith "possibly" won't be ready for Week 1, either. Hence Green Bay's aggressiveness to re-sign Brad Jones and Rob Francois, each of whom is being given a chance to compete with A.J. Hawk for the starting job next to Desmond Bishop. Smith's October knee injury was believed to be at least a torn ACL.
Mon, Mar 25, 2013 12:00:00 PM

Packers coach Mike McCarthy confirmed Monday that ILB D.J. Smith is done for the season with a knee injury.

It's believed to be an ACL tear. Smith is under contract cheaply through the 2014 season and shouldn't struggle to make the 2013 53-man roster, but his loss will be felt on the heels of Desmond Bishop's year-ending hamstring tear. The Packers figure to turn to converted OLB Brad Jones next to A.J. Hawk. Green Bay is unlikely to field an imposing run defense in the season's second half.
Mon, Oct 15, 2012 06:13:00 PM

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that the Packers fear ILB D.J. Smith tore his ACL in Sunday night's Week 6 win over Houston.

An every-down player in Green Bay's defense, Smith was filling the old Desmond Bishop role inside next to A.J. Hawk. Used extensively in both run defense and pass coverage, Smith is perhaps the most underrated defender the Packers have. Green Bay is also trying to nurse back NT B.J. Raji from an ankle injury, so a year-ending ailment for Smith would really thwart the up-the-middle defense.
Mon, Oct 15, 2012 05:02:00 PM

Packers ILB D.J. Smith was forced from Sunday's game against the Texans with a knee injury.

Smith's night is through. He's the second starting linebacker the Pack have lost this evening, with rookie OLB Nick Perry out with a knee injury of his own. Brad Jones is now on in Smith's absence. Smith is off to a fast start this season, with 36 tackles and two sacks through five games.
Sun, Oct 14, 2012 09:46:00 PM

Packers ILB D.J. Smith is expected to be a "100-percent" player in Green Bay's defense this season.

Smith was already ticketed for dime 'backer duties in place of A.J. Hawk, and Desmond Bishop's (likely) year-ending hamstring tear has vaulted Smith into the base and nickel packages. This is all a recipe for top-notch IDP statistics.
Wed, Aug 15, 2012 11:55:00 PM

D.J. Smith is not expected to push ILB A.J. Hawk for a starting job this summer.

Although Smith impressed as an impact run defender in Weeks 12-15 last season, the 2011 sixth-rounder expects Robert Francois to back up "buck" ILB Hawk while he plays behind "mack" ILB Desmond Bishop. "It's still a middle linebacker, but one position (Hawk's) has more responsibility than the other," said Smith. DC Dom Capers is confident, however, that Smith can play either position if needed.
Tue, Jun 26, 2012 04:20:00 PM

Packers selected Appalachian State LB D.J. Smith with the No. 186 overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft.

GM Ted Thompson has run out of holes to fill, so he's now concentrating on building a premier special-teams unit. Smith was a productive four-year starter at Appalachian State, but he's on the small side with below-average strength and athleticism. He does, however, have the makeup to stick his head in the mix on the kickoff coverage unit.
Sat, Apr 30, 2011 04:20:00 PM

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