This was the fear after Smith was injured in Thursday night’s win over the Dallas Cowboys. Smith was trying to bring down Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott on what turned out to be a touchdown run.
Smith had 100 total touchdowns and two sacks in a standout season. Given what he’s done in his first two years in the NFL, it’s easy to see why he’s considered one of the game’s best young linebackers. Unfortunately, he won’t be able to continue his on-field progress until 2020.
The Chicago Bears continued their playoff push with a win over the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday night, but they may have paid a significant price for the victory.
Roquan Smith left the game in the first quarter with an injury, and Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the star linebacker is believed to have suffered a torn pectoral muscle. That would likely end his season.
#Bears star LB Roquan Smith is feared to have torn his pec in last night’s win over the #Cowboys, sources say. If the MRI confirms, it would likely knock Smith, who has really impressed recently, out for the season.
Smith appeared to hurt himself while trying to tackle Ezekiel Elliott on Zeke’s touchdown run early in the game. He was examined in the medical tent before heading to the locker room, and the Bears announced in the second quarter that he would not return.
Losing Smith would be a huge blow for Chicago. The No. 8 overall pick in last year’s draft has 99 tackles, two sacks and an interception this season. There was some concern earlier in the season that he may be dealing with personal issues that impacted his status with the team, but Smith has played extremely well as of late. He has quickly established himself as one of the best linebackers in the NFL.
Chicago Bears linebacker Roquan Smith was knocked out of the team’s game against the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday night in the first quarter with a pectoral injury.
Smith tried to tackle Ezekiel Elliott on a touchdown run on the Cowboys’ opening possession and may have gotten hurt on the play. Smith went into the medical tent and then FOX showed the linebacker heading into the locker room.
Early in the second quarter, the Bears announced that Smith was out for the game.
Smith has 99 tackles, two sacks and an interception this season. He was the No. 8 overall pick last year and played in all 16 regular season games. Kevin Pierre-Louis entered the game in his place.
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.
Chicago Bears star linebacker Roquan Smith was a surprise inactive for Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings because of a personal issue, and the team is not placing a timeline on his return.
Bears head coach Matt Nagy refused to go into detail on Monday when he was asked roughly a dozen questions about Smith, only saying that the 22-year-old is dealing with a “personal issue.” According to ESPN’s Jeff Dickerson, some within the Bears organization observed that Smith “had not been acting like himself” for the past week or so.
It sounds like there is a good chance Smith won’t play Sunday against the Oakland Raiders, as Dickerson considers him out indefinitely.
Little information is known about whatever Smith is dealing with, but it goes without saying that his absence is significant for the Bears. The No. 8 overall pick recorded a team-high 122 tackles while appearing in all 16 games in his rookie season last year. He is one of the core players on a defense that has been arguably the best in football over the past two seasons.
Smith got a late start in camp as he was the last first-round pick to sign his rookie deal and only reported last week. The Bears have been hoping that the No. 8 overall pick could make his preseason debut on Saturday against the Chiefs.
Chicago opens the season on Sept. 9 against the Packers.
Chicago Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan saw what rookie Roquan Smith did with his contract, and it’s fair to say he’s impressed.
Smith was late to camp after a lengthy dispute with the Bears over his rookie deal, and it’s fair to say that Trevathan isn’t upset about it. In fact, he thinks he could learn a thing or two from Smith during his next contract negotiation.
Bears LB Danny Trevathan is proud of Roquan Smith for standing up for what he thought was right and thinks more players are going to do the same moving forward bc of the new rules. Trevathan actually said on his next contract there will be some fine tuning he’s going to ask for.
Trevathan is referring to the new rules about leading with the helmet on hits, which are likely to cause some confusion, particularly in the early term. One of the sticking points in Smith’s negotiation was reportedly his insistence that he not lose guaranteed money if he’s suspended for an on-field play. Trevathan ran into such problems last season and is clearly concerned about more of them this year, so he totally gets Smith’s stance.
The two sides reaching an agreement would get Smith into camp and end his holdout. He’s the only 2018 first-round pick who remains unsigned.
Smith, the No. 8 overall pick out of Georgia, had a dispute with the Bears over some of the language in his contract. His representatives reportedly were working to make sure the linebacker would not lose guaranteed money in the case of a suspension for on-field plays.
Just because a rookie is selected highly in the NFL Draft doesn’t mean he will be an immediate impact player. Don’t be surprised, for instance, if none of the first-round quarterback selections are starting for their teams in Week 1. That’s not a blanket rule, though — many players will be expected to contribute early and often to their new teams.
There’s a big difference between contributing and excelling, though. Here are ten rookies who have a good chance to do the latter in their rookie seasons.
1) Saquon Barkley, RB, Giants
Barkley is walking into a rather envious position. He’s on a team that still has aspirations of contending. They have a veteran quarterback and an offense where he’ll be expected to have a big role. If you believe the scouting reports on him, he’s as NFL-ready as any draft pick, and he’ll get an immediate chance to show it. It’s an open question whether the Giants will be any good, but whatever they do, Barkley will be at the center of it.
2) Bradley Chubb, EDGE, Broncos
Chubb is another rookie who’s walking into a great situation. Widely considered the best defender in the draft, he’s headed to a Denver team that has prided itself on a strong defense during this recent era of success. He’ll get to learn directly from Von Miller and be part of a fearsome pass rush. A lot of rookies of this caliber go to teams that are otherwise bereft of talent, but that’s not so in Denver. Playing alongside top quality talent could help him develop more quickly.
3) Quenton Nelson, OG, Colts
You may not always notice the rookie guard’s contributions, but they’re going to be immense and immediate. Nelson is more or less assured a starting spot on a Colts offensive line that hasn’t been good. He’s about as NFL-ready as they come in any context. Nelson could be a Pro Bowler very early in his NFL career if things go well. He’s that good already and has that much potential to get even better, and will be afforded every opportunity to.
4) Derwin James, S, Chargers
As long as James is healthy, this could turn out to be the steal of the draft. He’s headed to a team whose defensive coordinator, Gus Bradley, has a history of getting the best out of players like this. James is also a top ten talent who fell further than many expected in the first round. The Florida State product is a skilled and versatile defender who has a very good chance of making a big impact in the NFL from day one.
5) Roquan Smith, LB, Bears
The draft’s best pure linebacker, Smith will be handed a big role immediately in a moribund Chicago defense that is just looking for a spark. Expect him to provide it. The speedy linebacker had 137 total tackles in 2017 and will look to wreck opposing offensive gameplans very quickly as he starts his career. His immense physical tools alone should make him an impact player from day one, and he’s another guy that could contend for some awards early in his career.
6) Denzel Ward, CB, Browns
The Browns received a fair amount of criticism for taking Ward No. 4, which seemed like a reach to some critics. Perhaps it was, but the bottom line is the Browns badly needed help in the secondary and Ward will have the opportunity to prove his worth right away. That’s something that not even the first overall pick Baker Mayfield can bank on. Ward is also a talented young cornerback who can have a long NFL career as a starter, and he’ll be trusted to do the job early on.
7) Vita Vea, DL, Buccaneers
Vea is in a pretty nice situation himself. He’s still a work in progress, but the Washington Huskies product will likely be paired with Gerald McCoy up front. He’ll be told to use his physical gifts to stuff the run, and he’ll probably be good at it. He has room for improvement, but Vea should be an impact player on the defensive line from day one. Being paired with an accomplished veteran who can help cover some of his flaws and spotlight what he’s good at should make him look even better.
8) Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Dolphins
The rookie from Alabama is so versatile that it’s a question of where the Dolphins will utilize him, not when. Fitzpatrick can play pretty much anywhere within the secondary. He can cover in the slot, roam as a safety, and he can even get after the quarterback as a blitzer. He may not defend the top target on any other team, but Fitzpatrick is certainly good enough to walk into the NFL and cover slot receivers at worst.
9) Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Bills
Edmunds is another player whose combination of speed and versatility will ensure that he has a spot on the field somewhere. He finished last season with 109 tackles and 5.5 sacks, and it’s fair to say that the Bills will be looking for the linebacker to mature into something similar at the NFL level as well. He can play on the edge or on the inside, and the Bills will look to find a spot for him early so he can wreak havoc on opposing defenses.
10) Michael Gallup, WR, Cowboys
Unlike the rest of the players on this list, Gallup was not a first-round pick, and he’s flying under the radar. However, the wide receiver is going to have opportunities that even he may not have envisioned when the Cowboys selected him in the third round. Dez Bryant was released, Jason Witten has retired, and Dak Prescott is going to need to find targets somewhere. That could be Gallup, a rookie with very good speed and size who could have a significant early role in the Dallas offense as it moves into a new era post-Bryant and Witten.
Chicago Bears rookie linebacker Roquan Smith had a tough weekend when he was the victim of a robbery, but fortunately the person responsible for the theft has been identified.
On Wednesday morning, Smith posted a video on social media thanking the Athens-Clarke County Police Department in Georgia for helping him recover most of the items that were stolen from his car on Saturday.
“I would personally like to thank everyone for their kind words and prayers, as Athens-Clarke County Police Department worked very hard to identify the individual responsible for this,” Smith said. “It was definitely huge. I would also like to thank many of you that spread information on various social media outlets. Due to the prompt attention by the Athens-Clarke County Police Department, I was able to recover most of my items as well as the individual being identified. I’d just like to thank you guys so much.”
Among the items that were stolen was Smith’s team-issued iPad, so there was some concern about information being swiped from the Bears. However, the team told NFL.com that the device was password protected and was wiped clean, so there was “no compromise” of any info.