Packers Run Low at ILB, Running Back

The knee injury sustained by inside linebacker D.J. Smith could be extremely costly for a defense that already was without standout Desmond Bishop.
October 15, 2012

Coverage Shortcomings One Reason for Concern

The Packers did a lot of things well defensively on Thursday night but there's one potential cause for worry after the Bears took advantage of a mismatch a few times.
September 16, 2012

Hamstring Puts Bishop's Season 'In Jeopardy'

The Packers got the worst possible news on Desmond Bishop. The team's leading tackler last year will need surgery for a hamstring injury sustained early in Thursday's game. He might wind up on season-ending injured reserve, though a possible rules change could save his season.
August 11, 2012

Position Series: Inside Linebackers In-Depth

Do-it-all Desmond Bishop leads the way at a position group with tremendous depth with the addition of a rookie and two veterans. However, what the coaches don't say — and the numbers do say — about A.J. Hawk is telling.
July 22, 2012

Smith Forced To Wait Behind Bishop, Hawk

The coaching staff is high on D.J. Smith, but at this point, he's not going to challenge incumbent starters Desmond Bishop and A.J. Hawk. Smith said he's worried only about himself, not looking at who's ahead of him on the depth chart.
June 16, 2012

Smith Plays With 'Chip on Shoulder'

Sixth-round pick D.J. Smith was a tackling machine who jumped off the film when inside linebackers coach Winston Moss scouted him before the draft. He's undersized, but then again, so was another Appalachian State linebacker who made it to three Pro Bowls.
December 3, 2011

Packers Resort To Backup Plans at Inside LB

With Desmond Bishop and A.J. Hawk ruled out for Sunday's game at the New York Giants, the Packers will turn to Robert Francois and D.J. Smith. Plus, the final injury reports and more from Friday.
December 2, 2011