The Green Bay Packers have released RB Brandon Saine and LB D.J. Smith today (Wednesday).
Saine signed with the Packers as a non-drafted free agent out of Ohio State in July 2011, appearing in 14 games during the 2011-12 season. He rushed for 69 yards on 18 carries (3.8 avg.) and caught 10 passes for 69 yards (6.9 avg.) as a rookie in ’11. Saine appeared in six contests in 2012 before sustaining a season-ending knee injury at Houston in Week 6.
Smith, who was drafted by the Packers out of Appalachian State with one of the team’s three sixth-round picks in 2011, played in 22 games with nine starts from 2011-12. He posted 80 tackles (61 solo), two sacks, one interception and six passes defensed in his two seasons with the club. Smith appeared in six games in 2012 before suffering a season-ending knee injury at Houston in Week 6.