Roquan Smith (Groin) Among the Bears Regulars Who Aren't Practicing on Saturday

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Roquan Smith (Groin) Among the Bears Regulars Who Aren’t Practicing on Saturday

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Another day on the calendar unfortunately means another wave of Bears players who are out of action.

It feels like it is getting out of hand at this point:

Bears Head Coach Matt Nagy told reporters a groin injury is keeping Roquan Smith out of Saturday’s practice. Smith joins tight end J.P. Holtz, receiver Thomas Ives, and offensive lineman as non participants due to various ailments. Meanwhile, Jimmy Graham, Akiem Hicks, Danny Trevathan, and Khalil Mack are receiving load management days. That feels right for three veteran defenders who have carried absurdly large workloads the last few seasons. Same can go for Graham, whose load management days should be viewed as opportunities for a player such as Cole Kmet to get more developmental reps.

And yet, after all of that, I come back to being worried about Roquan Smith. Because even though Nagy told reporters (via Adam Jahns“I feel better than worse.” when discussing the injury, I still feel uneasy when someone as important as Smith is on the sidelines.

Smith, 24, enters the fourth year of his rookie deal coming off the high of a career-best season. He had more solo tackles than Bobby Wagner, collected more tackles, sacks, QB Hits, and tackles-for-loss than Darius Leonard, and more total tackles, solo tackles, tackles-for-loss, and sacks than Fred Warner. That collection of stats helped him earn second-team All-Pro numbers. In other words, Smith is a big part of this defense’s success. And missing an extended amount of time could be problematic.  I suppose the good news is that the Bears brought in Christian Jones and Alec Ogletree as free agents for depth purposes. That should hold the team over for a short period. Hopefully, it isn’t anything much more than that.



Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.