The Bears have downgraded LB Roquan Smith (elbow) to OUT for Sunday's game against the Saints. That leaves no clear full-time replacement behind him. It likely means full or near-full playing time for LB Danny Trevathan, though, making him a better IDP option.
The Bears this week activated LB Roquan Smith off the PUP list, but he remains out of practice. The veteran, of course, has been staging a "hold in" throughout camp in search of a contract extension. We still have yet to see any word on what "injury" landed him on the PUP in the 1st place. HC Matt Eberflus deflected questions on why Smith remains out of practice and whether the team will now fine him for not taking part. This is a nasty situation that seems likely to impact Smith's regular-season outlook -- barring the trade that he recently requested.
Bears LB Roquan Smith announced Tuesday morning that he has requested a trade. The former 1st-round pick is in the final year of his rookie contract and has been unsatisfied with the team's extension offers. "The new front office regime doesn't value me here," Smith wrote. "They've refused to negotiate in good faith. Every step of this journey has been 'take it or leave it.' The deal sent to me is one that would be bad for myself and for the entire LB market if I signed it." This sure doesn't sound like an impasse that can be worked out, with Smith saying he has been trying since April to get a "fair" deal. We'll see whether a trade market materializes. Otherwise, we might see the 25-year-old hold out into the regular season.
Bears LB Roquan Smith has reported to training camp, despite a report that he planned to hold out. The team has placed him on the physically unable to perform list, however, and we have yet to see a specified injury. Smith is in the final year of his rookie contract and seeking an extension, but it doesn't sound like the 2 sides have been close. We'll see where this apparent "hold in" goes.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Bears LB Roquan Smith plans to hold out at the start of training camp. Smith is heading into the final year of his rookie contract and reportedly "has not yet received an offer he would remotely consider" on an extension. We're not adjusting our IDP projections on this but will certainly be watching Smith's status during camp.
Bears LB Roquan Smith (hamstring) is active for tonight's game against the Vikings. That's not surprising, given that he played last week and finished the practice week with a full workout. DL Akiem Hicks (ankle) is also active. Both players entered the night questionable.
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