Per a report from ESPN, Chicago Bears linebacker Roquan Smith will be out indefinitely as he deals with what head coach Matt Nagy describes as a ‘personal issue.’
“Smith has not been acting like himself around the team facilities for the past week or so, sources said,” wrote Jeff Dickerson of ESPN.
Shortly before kickoff on Sunday, Roquan, who had not been on the injury list all last week, was downgraded to doubtful and then eventually deactivated before kickoff. That surprise move led to a series of postgame questions from the media, which Nagy continued to deflect.
“Again, he’s completely a personal issue,” Nagy reiterated on Monday. “For us, it’s something that we’re gonna leave it at that right now.”
Was Smith involved in an illegal incident over the weekend?
“Personal issue,” Nagy replied.
When will you decide if Smith travels to London for the Raiders game?
“Again, personal issue,” Nagy said.
Will Smith be subject to internal discipline?
“It’s completely a personal issue,” Nagy said. “I’m not going to answer any more about it. That’s where it’s at right now. I understand where you all are coming from, but out of respect to this right now, I just want to leave it at that.”
Good for Nagy for not giving in to the grilling he received from the media. It’s nobody’s business but Roquan’s.
Last year, the Georgia great led the Bears ferocious defense in tackles with 122 as a rookie. A former NCAA All-American and Butkus Award winner, ‘Quan was taken with the 8th pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.



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