Packers appear on verge of adding ex-Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith

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FILE – In this Monday, Sept. 27, 2021, file photo, Dallas Cowboys linebacker Jaylon Smith leaves the field after an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Roger Steinman, File)

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Jaylon Smith appears to be on his way to the Green Bay Packers, one day after the Dallas Cowboys released the veteran linebacker.

Packers coach Matt LaFleur said Thursday that “nothing’s official yet,” but added that he believes Smith is in Green Bay while discussing how the former Cowboy would fit in with the Packers.

LaFleur added that it’s “highly unlikely” that Smith would play for the Packers as soon as Sunday’s game in Cincinnati.

Smith knows Green Bay head coach Matt LaFleur, as LaFleur was an assistant coach at Notre Dame under Brian Kelly for the 2014 season when Smith was a sophomore for the Irish.

The Packers also have a number of playmakers on the defensive side of the football battling injuries.

Green Bay is currently 3-1 and leads the NFC North. The Packers play at the Bengals on Sunday.

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