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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 HC Matt Nagy refused to give any details either after Sunday's game or on Monday about why LB Roquan Smith missed the win over the Vikings. He would only call it "personal reasons," according to multiple reports. CB Prince Amukamara told the Chicago Tribune later Monday that even Smith's teammates don't know what's up with him. We'll have to keep an eye on Smith this week. Traveling to London for Sunday's game against the Raiders could further complicate his status if there's a particular issue -- or several -- that Smith needs to sort out.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport calls Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky "doubtful" for Sunday's game against the Raiders in London with his left shoulder injury. The team hasn't provided any details on the injury, but former NFL head team Dr. David Chao believes Trubisky dislocated the shoulder and tore his labrum. Since it's the non-throwing shoulder, Chao believes Trubisky will end up missing just 1-2 weeks. Chicago has a Week 6 bye, so Trubisky might end up just missing 1 game. QB Chase Daniel figures to start vs. the Raiders this weekend.

Update: ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Trubisky's shoulder is dislocated with a slight labrum tear. He's expected to travel to London with the team but likely won't play.

Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky suffered a left shoulder injury early in Sunday's game against the Vikings and has been ruled out. This looks like a serious injury. We'll pass along an update on Trubisky when we get one. QB Chase Daniel is in for Chicago.

Bears DL Akiem Hicks (knee) and LB Roquan Smith are inactive for today's game against the Vikings. Hicks' deactivation is no surprise. He missed practice all week after suffering a knee injury in Week 3. Smith had no injury designation throughout the week. It's not yet clear what's going on with him, though it's been reported as a "personal issue." Expect Nick Kwiatkoski to start in Smith's place.

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Bears K Eddy Pineiro (knee) is active for today’s game against the Vikings. He only got in a limited practice on Friday after hobbling through this injury last week. Pineiro isn’t a recommended Week 4 fantasy play.

The Bears have downgraded LB Roquan Smith to doubtful for today's game against the Vikings. Make sure you get him out of IDP lineups.

The Bears don't expect DL Akiem Hicks to play against the Vikings today, according to ESPN's Dan Graziano. Hicks sustained a knee injury in Monday's win over Washington and missed practice all week. He's officially questionable, but you shouldn't plan on having him available for your IDP lineup.

Bears DE Akiem Hicks is questionable for Sunday's game against the Vikings. Hicks missed practice all week with a knee injury. HC Matt Nagy told the Chicago Tribune on Thursday that Hicks appeared headed for "game-time decision." The game's 4:25 p.m. ET start makes it tough to wait for Hicks in IDP lineups this weekend.

Bears K Eddy Pineiro (knee) is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Vikings. He only got in a limited practice on Friday after gutting through this injury last week. Pineiro figures to play vs. Minnesota, but look elsewhere in fantasy lineups.

Bears S Eddie Jackson is active for tonight's game against Washington. He was questionable with shoulder and knee ailments that limited his Thursday and Saturday practices. But Jackson put in a full workout in between. The limited Saturday was reportedly more of a maintenance thing. He should be fine for the game, which helps Chicago's pass defense.

Bears K Eddy Pineiro is active for tonight's game against Washington. He popped up as questionable after a right knee injury that he suffered in the weight room that limited his Saturday practice. Pineiro's situation obviously adds risk.

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Packers TE Jimmy Graham (groin) is active for today’s game against the Broncos. He only got in a limited practice on Friday, so it’s tough to believe he’s anywhere close to 100%. Avoid Graham in Week 3 fantasy lineups.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Packers TE Jimmy Graham (groin) is expected to play against the Broncos today. He only got in a limited practice on Friday but "looked good," according to HC Matt LaFleur. We'd still try not to use Graham in Week 3 fantasy lineups. He's coming off a Week 2 goose egg.

Bears K Eddy Pineiro is questionable for Monday night's game against Washington after a limited Saturday workout. 670 The Score reports that Pineiro suffered a minor right knee injury in the weight room but should be "OK" for the game, according to HC Matt Nagy. "We just want to be cautious with it," Nagy said. We would try to go a different direction for a fantasy kicker.

Bears S Eddie Jackson is questionable for Monday night's game at Washington, listed with shoulder and knee issues. Jackson went from limited Thursday to a full participant Friday before a limited Saturday. HC Matt Nagy called that limited workout a "matter of maintenance," though, according to 670 The Score. It looks like Jackson should be on the field and available if he's in your IDP plans.

Packers TE Jimmy Graham (groin) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Broncos. He only got in a limited practice on Friday and won’t be close to 100% if he suits up. Avoid Graham in Week 3 fantasy lineups.

Packers TE Jimmy Graham (groin) has missed the first 2 days of practice this week with a groin injury. We don't have any other details, but it appears he's in danger of missing this weekend's game against the Broncos. That'd leave Marcedes Lewis and Robert Tonyan as Green Bay's top 2 TEs. Check back tomorrow for another update on Graham.

Jaguars QB Nick Foles will undergo surgery on his broken left clavicle on Monday. “We don’t have a time span [for return]," Foles said. “We’re going to take it one day at a time ... I’m going to do everything I can to get back as quickly as I can to where I’m ready to roll.” Pro Football Talk speculates that Foles could be placed on IR-designated-to-return. That'd knock him out until at least Week 10. Rookie QB Gardner Minshew is set to take over as Jacksonville's starter. He played well against the Chiefs on Sunday but is still a downgrade for this entire Jags offense.

Jaguars QB Nick Foles has been diagnosed with a broken left clavicle, according to The Athletic's Phillip Heilman. That figures to knock Foles out until at least October. We should get a more concrete timeline over the next couple of days, but it'll be Gardner Minshew under center in Jacksonville for the foreseeable future. The 6th-round rookie played surprisingly well in relief of Foles vs. the Chiefs, completing 22 of 25 passes for 275 yards, 2 scores and 1 INT.

 
 
 

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