The Packers on Wednesday placed inside linebacker D.J. Smith on injured reserve and began their working replacing him and injured cornerback Sam Shields for Sunday's game at St. Louis.
Pete Dougherty has a story saying that rookie Casey Hayward is likely to have a major role while Shields is out because of a shin injury: http://tinyurl.com/9ckczsz
Brad Jones, who moved from outside linebacker to inside linebacker this season, is making a big jump from a special teams player for the last 1 1/2 seasons to a starter in place of Smith: http://tinyurl.com/929u4wv
Rob Demovsky's notebook says quarterback Aaron Rodgers didn't practice much Wednesday, because of a sore calf, but the injury doesn't appear to threaten his availability for Sunday: http://tinyurl.com/8eb4swk
Mike Vandermause's column notes that the Packers' receiving corps has played well even without Greg Jennings out because of a groin injury: http://tinyurl.com/9ph2nre
On this week's The Insiders, Rob silences his critics: http://tinyurl.com/8udtp39