Packers' low-level trade biggest roster move

The Packers have been trying to shore up several positions hit hard with injuries, but the trade for a safety was their biggest move using outside help. Other injured players can start practicing, but their status for Sunday against the Vikings isn't known yet.

The Packers filled the roster spot vacated by tight end Jermichael Finley, whom they placed on injured reserve Monday after he underwent knee surgery last week, by re-acquiring safety Anthony Smith.

The Jaguars traded Smith, a fifth-year veteran, to the Packers for a conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2011.

The 6-foot, 200-pound Smith, a former third-round draft pick by the Steelers, was a surprise cut by the Packers before last season. Smith, who had signed with Green Bay early in that offseason, played well in the preseason.

Smith subsequently signed with the Rams and later hooked on with the Jaguars last season. He made three starts with the Jaguars this season.

"Anthony has a history with us, has played in this defense, and we think he is a good fit," coach Mike McCarthy said. "It will be great to have him back."

Given Smith's familiarity with defensive coordinator Dom Capers' scheme, it's conceivable Smith could step in as a starter alongside Nick Collins for Sunday night's game against the Vikings. Charlie Peprah has been a stopgap the last two games since the season-ending loss of rookie Morgan Burnett.

  • OLB Clay Matthews maintained his league lead with 8.5 sacks despite not playing in Sunday's 23-20 overtime loss to the Dolphins. Matthews had aggravated a left hamstring injury in the previous game. He has a chance to get back on the practice field this week and play Sunday night against the Vikings, but a determination won't be made until Thursday at the earliest.

  • DE Ryan Pickett is in wait-and-see mode for Sunday's game because of a right ankle sprain that kept the veteran left end out of the loss to the Dolphins. The Packers had to give rookie C.J. Wilson his first start with both Pickett and rookie Mike Neal (shoulder) on the sideline.

  • RT Mark Tauscher probably will miss a third consecutive game because of a shoulder sprain. The veteran starter is progressing in his recovery, but coach Mike McCarthy didn't sound optimistic Monday about getting Tauscher back on the field anytime soon. Rookie Bryan Bulaga figures to remain the starter, though he struggled Sunday against Dolphins OLB Cameron Wake, who had three sacks.

  • ILB A.J. Hawk is on the mend this week with a groin strain he sustained Sunday. The injury isn't believed to be serious, but Hawk likely will be held out of team drills in practice until later in the week. He was credited with a game-high 13 tackles in the game.

  • WR Donald Driver aggravated a quadriceps strain in Sunday's game and is expected to miss some practice time later this week. Driver had trouble with the injury in practice last week but played in the game, in which he had only three catches for 31 yards.

  • TE Jermichael Finley won't play again this season after being put on injured reserve Monday. Finley underwent surgery Oct. 12 for a torn meniscus in his right knee, an injury he sustained two days earlier in the overtime loss at Washington. Finley started the season strong, with 21 catches for 301 yards and a touchdown in the first four-plus games.

  • QB Aaron Rodgers passed for 313 yards Sunday, his second 300-yard game of the season, highlighted by a career-long 86-yard touchdown to Greg Jennings. Rodgers, though, was sacked a season-high five times and threw an interception, his seventh in 2010 to match his total for all of last season.

  • WR Greg Jennings had a personal-best reception of 86 yards Sunday, part of a six-catch, 133-yard performance — the first 100-yard game by a Packers receiver this season. Jennings had expressed frustration days earlier about his lack of involvement in the passing game, as he had a total of six catches in the previous three games.

  • RB Brandon Jackson was back to being his pedestrian self Sunday. A week after rushing for a career-high 115 yards on just 10 carries, highlighted by a career-best 71-yard run, Jackson managed only 53 yards with 12 rushes against the Dolphins.

  • RB John Kuhn was held to a season-low 9 yards on five carries working in a rotation with Brandon Jackson. Kuhn failed to get into the end zone from a yard out on two straight run plays late in the fourth quarter before QB Aaron Rodgers scored on a fourth-and-goal sneak to send the game to overtime.

  • DE Michael Montgomery was activated but didn't play Sunday, two days after the Packers re-signed him as a free agent to fill the roster spot of LB Nick Barnett, who was placed on injured reserve. Montgomery, a sixth-round draft pick by Green Bay in 2005, played five seasons for the Packers. He signed with the Vikings in the offseason, but they cut him at the end of the preseason.

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