Packers activate Smith, Mercilus for game vs. 49ers
Smith hasn't seen action since Week 1 after undergoing back surgery. Green Bay designated him for return from IR on Jan. 12. The 29-year-old led the Packers in sacks in 2019 and 2020, earning Pro Bowl nods each season. He tallied one tackle during a 38-3 loss to the New Orleans Saints in his lone appearance this campaign.
Mercilus collected three sacks over six appearances for the Packers before going down with a torn biceps. The 31-year-old began the season with the Houston Texans, who waived him in October.
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