Packers release RB Saine, LB Smith

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The Green Bay Packers have released running back Brandon Saine and linebacker D.J. Smith on Wednesday.

Saine, who signed with the Packers as a nondrafted free agent out of Ohio State in July 2011, appeared in 14 games for the team from 2011-12. He rushed for 69 yards on 18 carries and caught 10 passes for 69 yards as a rookie in 2011.

Saine appeared in six contests in 2012 before suffering a season-ending knee injury at Houston in Week 6.

Smith was drafted by the Packers out of Appalachian State with one of the team's three sixth-round picks in 2011. He played in 22 games with nine starts from 2011-12, posting 80 tackles (61 solo), two sacks, one interception in two seasons.

Smith sustained a season-ending injury in the same game as Saine on what some thought was a dirty hit.

"It's something you obviously don't want to see happen," coach Mike McCarthy told CBSSports at the time. "It probably depends on which side you coach. ... It was an ugly play. D.J. suffered a serious injury."
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