Royce Freeman | Roquan Smith
© Isaiah J. Downing | 2019 Sep 15
Roquan Smith is inactive vs. the Minnesota Vikings because of personal reasons, the Bears’ second consecutive surprising late scratch of a starter in as many weeks.
The Bears will also be without both starting defensive ends, Pro Bowler Akiem Hicks (knee) and Bilal Nichols (hand) and two starters on offense — RG Kyle Long (hip) and WR Taylor Gabriel (concussion).
PK Eddy Pineiro and TE Trey Burton are active for the Bears vs. the 2-1 Vikings.
The big surprise here is Smith, who’ll miss the first game of his NFL career, after not showing up on an injury report yet this season. His surprising deactivation, which the Bears first alluded to on Twitter roughly two hours before kickoff when they downgraded him to doubtful but didn’t disclose a reason, comes six days after starting RT Bobby Massie was ruled out with vertigo from FedEx Field Monday night.
The Vikings ruled out starting RG Josh Kline and special-teams stalwart Kentrell Brothers, in addition to second-string DT Hercules Mata’afa, among others. Former second-round pick Mackensie Alexander is active after missing last week with a knee injury and likely will share reps with Mike Hughes, the team’s first-round pick last year who made his debut vs. the Raiders in Week 3.