LB - CHI
Chicago Bears All-Pro LB Roquan Smith has reportedly had his fifth-year option exercised by the franchise, per Ian Rapoport.
Smith was dominant during the 2020 season, earning first and second-team All-Pro selections. He totaled 139 tackles, 18 TFLs, seven pass deflections, four sacks, two interceptions, and a forced fumble across all 16 games to help lead Chicago to the postseason in 2020. Smith's presence in the middle helps anchor and lay the foundation to an elite defensive unit that is returning many of its pieces from a year ago, indicating another strong year for the Bears' defense in 2021.
Roquan Smith, who dislocated his elbow in Week 17, has been declared out for Sunday's playoff matchup against the Saints.
This is a huge blow for the Bears as Smith is one of the best linebackers at covering running backs in the passing game. With him out, expectations for Alvin Kamara should be raised. Smith was close to playing in this game so he'll hope to play in Round 2 if the Bears are able to pull the upset over the Saints.
Bears defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano talked about Roquan Smith today saying "I just think we've seen Pro Bowl-caliber play, now it's just gotta be consistent. Do it week-in and week-out and stay consistent. Coming into Year Three, he's going to have a phenomenal year."
Smith's sophomore campaign was cut short after suffering a torn pectoral muscle in week 12. Over 28 career games the former first-round pick has had 222 total tackles. While the Bears have no shortage of quality linebackers, Smith should assume the duties as the the Mike in Pagano's 4-3 scheme with Khalil Mack and newly acquired Robert Quinn on the edges and the aging Danny Trevathon playing the Will. Smith is currently the seventh overall linebacker in our IDP rankings and should be set to lead the Bears in tackles in 2020.
Roquan Smith and the Bears fear that he tore his pec muscle against the Cowboys on Thursday. The team is confirming the severity of his injury with an MRI.
Smith had been playing really well of late and this injury certainly comes with a cost to the Bears defense. Remove Smith from any IDP leagues and look for other options on the waiver-wire.
Bears linebacker Roquan Smith has been ruled out for the remainder of Thursday night's game against the Dallas Cowboys with a pectoral injury.
Smith left after a first quarter touchdown drive by the Cowboys and headed into the locker room, and he reportedly will not return. Smith recorded 10 tackles and two sacks in last week's win over the Lions, but an early exit and quick confirmation of his status likely mean he has a significant injury. Look for an update on his status later tonight.
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