Packers activate Smith, Mercilus for game vs. 49ers

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The Green Bay Packers activated edge rushers Za'Darius Smith and Whitney Mercilus from injured reserve for Saturday's divisional-round matchup against the San Francisco 49ers, the team announced.

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.

Preston Smith and Rashan Gary stepped up for Green Bay in light of its absences at the edge position, combining for 18.5 sacks this season.

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