Wed, 22 Sep 2021

DL Tyler Lancaster questionable; S Vernon Scott ruled out Wes Hodkiewicz

GREEN BAY - The Packers have listed linebacker Za'Darius Smith (back) as questionable for Sunday's opener against the New Orleans Saints.

Fourth-year defensive lineman Tyler Lancaster (back) is also questionable, while safety Vernon Scott (hamstring) has been ruled out.

Smith, who returned to practice Monday, was a limited participant on Wednesday and Thursday but wasn't on the field Friday. The two-time Pro Bowler missed all but one of the team's open practices in August after starting camp on the non-football injury list.

"I wouldn't say it's a setback, but he's feeling some things," said Head Coach Matt LaFleur about Smith's absence after Friday's practice. "We thought it was in the best interests to leave him out and then give him the next 48 hours to kind of prove whether or not he can go out there and play."

Linebacker Preston Smith (head) and tight end Marcedes Lewis (veteran rest) were removed from the injury report and are expected to be available against the Saints.

New Orleans will be without starting cornerback Ken Crawley and receiver Tre'Quan Smith after both missed practice this week with hamstring injuries.

Tackle James Hurst (knee) has been ruled out, while cornerback Marshon Lattimore (knee) and tackle Terron Armstead (back) didn't receive game designations and are expected to be available.

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