The Bears "fear" LB Roquan Smith suffered a torn pectoral muscle in Thursday night's win over the Cowboys, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Such fears nearly always prove true, so we should expect Smith to miss the rest of the season. Kevin Pierre-Louis filled in and played 63% of the snaps against Dallas, while starter Nick Kwiatkowski elevated from that level to full playing time (96%). He'll become a more solid IDP starter when Smith's injury gets confirmed.
ESPN.com reports that Bears LB Roquan Smith "will be out indefinitely while the team gives him the time he needs to deal with a personal issue." According to Bears writer Jeff Dickerson, "Smith had not been acting like himself around the team facilities for the past week or so." HC Matt Nagy has refused this week to go into any further detail on Smith's situation. IDP owners obviously need to treat the LB as out for at least Week 5. With a Week 6 bye following, Smith becomes droppable in shallower IDP leagues. Where you can afford the bench spot, we'd try to hold him a little longer to see if we can get more insight into the situation. Nick Kwiatkoski started in Smith's place against the Vikings last Sunday but played only 55% of the snaps. Kevin Pierre-Louis also jumped in for 40%. If you need a Smith replacement, search elsewhere.
Bears LB Danny Trevathan put in a limited practice Wednesday for the 1st time since the team's Week 9 bye. That obviously bodes well for a return to action from the calf injury that has cost him 3 games, though we'll continue to watch his status through the week.
Bears ILB Danny Trevathan (calf) is inactive for the 2nd straight game. He has yet to return to practice since the Week 9 bye. Christian Jones and Nick Kwiatkoski will start inside again for the Bears. Both are IDP options.
Bears ILB Danny Trevathan is inactive for today's game against the Packers because of a calf injury. That leaves Christian Jones as the lead ILB in an upside matchup. Expect Nick Kwiatkoski to start in Trevathan's place. He's a fringe IDP option for deeper leagues as well.
Bears ILB Nick Kwiatkoski (chest) is active for today's game against the Panthers. That'll mark his 1st action since suffering the injury in Week 2. There's tackle upside in Jerrell Freeman's vacated spot, but Kwiatkoski's no more than a low LB3 for fantasy football owners.
Bears ILB Nick Kwiatkoski will miss his 4th straight game today against the Ravens with a chest injury. He returned to limited practices this week, which bodes well for a Week 7 return against Carolina. Christian Jones should start next to Danny Trevathan against Baltimore, with Trevathan the only 1 you'll want to use in your IDP lineup.
Bears LB Nick Kwiatkoski (chest) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Ravens. He put in limited practices all week after being sidelined since a Week 2 chest injury. IDP owners should seek a better option, as it's tough to know what Kwiatkoski's playing time will look like even if he's active.
Bears LB Nick Kwiatkoski left in the 1st quarter of Sunday's game against the Buccaneers with a pectoral injury. He's questionable to return. Kwiatkoski started in place of LB Jerrell Freeman, who went on IR with a torn pec.
The Bears placed LB Jerrell Freeman on IR this week, and he'll miss the rest of the season. The veteran suffered a torn pectoral muscle that will require surgery. On top of that season-ender, Freeman also sustained a concussion. Nick Kwiatkoski looks like the 1st man up to replace Freeman. There will obviously be tackles available to Kwiatkoski and Danny Trevathan, who played 71% of the snaps in Chicago's Week 1 loss to Atlanta. But IDP owners shouldn't expect any Bear to approximate Freeman's consistent production. Freeman could be a candidate for release in the upcoming offseason, heading toward his age-32 season.
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