According to the Green Bay Packers team website, the team has released running back Brandon Saine and linebacker DJ Smith. The transactions were announced by Packers GM Ted Thompson.
Both were lost to season-ending knee injuries last season and even more ironically, during the same week six game against the Houston Texans. Both players reportedly failed a physical exam.
Saine appeared in a handful of games in 2011 and 2012. He was acquired as an undrafted free agent out of Ohio State in 2011.
Smith was drafted in 2011 with one of the team’s three sixth-round pick. Smith played in 22 games and had claimed a starting role after the loss of inside linebacker Desmond Bishop during the 2012 pre season. Smith appeared in six games in 2012 before suffering a season-ending knee injury at Houston in Week 6.
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