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#pounditThursday, September 24, 2020

Roquan Smith says he will play Sunday

Roquan Smith

Chicago Bears linebacker Roquan Smith has every intention of playing Sunday after missing out in Week 4.

Smith was a full participant in Wednesday’s practice and briefly addressed the matter in front of reporters.

“I will play,” Smith said, via Jeff Dickerson of ESPN. “Like coach [Matt Nagy] said, it was a personal reason. That’s behind us now. So just focused on getting better this week and moving on to Oakland.

“It was just a personal issue so I’m moving forward. I’m past the situation now actually. Just addressing it because I have to.”

It had been reported that Smith had not been acting like himself for roughly a week before sitting out the team’s Week 4 game against the Minnesota Vikings. It seems everything is fine now and he’ll suit up against the Oakland Raiders, but it was a slightly alarming absence.

The 22-year-old has quickly developed into a star for the Bears’ defense, having accumulated five sacks last year during his rookie season.

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