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Packers vs. Rams Injury Report: Four Key Players Out

The injuries are once again piling up. Stay tuned for the latest reports on the status of Perry, Shields, Raji, and the rest of the walking wounded as well as who might replace D.J. Smith.

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Jennings, Perry, Raji, Shields Out vs. Rams

The Packers' injury report for the game against the Rams on Sunday is longer than it has been in recent weeks.

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D.J. Smith Placed On Injured Reserve

On Wednesday evening, the Green Bay Packers made it official: the team placed D.J. Smith on injured reserve, ending his season. Smith suffered a torn Anterior Cruciate Ligament during last Sunday's game in Houston, and will likely be replaced by Brad Jones or Robert Francois in the starting lineup. Regardless of which player replaces him, that person will likely be asked to contribute substantially in pass coverage because of fellow ILB A.J. Hawk's struggles in that area.

The decision on which player will replace Smith on the active roster will prove to be an interesting one. Both tight end Andrew Quarless and outside linebacker Frank Zombo began practicing on Wednesday, after spending the first six weeks of the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list. If their rehabs have progressed sufficiently, it's possible that one of them may be placed on the active roster this week, which would make them eligible to play against the Rams this Sunday. However, the Packers have a three-week grace period before they are required to place those players on the active roster or release them.

Ultimately, Smith's injury deprives the Packers of another young, talented player in the middle of the defense, and brings them down to their third-string choice at that inside linebacker position. Hopefully Smith makes a full recovery and will be at full strength by the start of the 2013 season.

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The Mid-Week Injury Report

The injuries are piling up as the season marches on. Here's a first look at the injury report for this week's action.

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Aaron Rodgers limited to start Week 7

Aaron Rodgers was limited in practice on Wednesday due to a calf injury.

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Next Man Up

The next man up philosophy is nothing new to the Packers. With the news that D.J. Smith is gone for the year, the logical question is who is the next man up? Here are a few possibilities.

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D.J. Smith out for the season

The Packers have lost their second inside linebacker of the year. D.J. Smith will join Desmond Bishop on the sidelines for the remainder of the season.

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Saine goes to IR; Packers sign HB Johnny White

Brandon Saine's season is over. He has been placed on IR, and the Packers have claimed HB Johnny White off waivers.

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