EDIT: He’s back.
#Bears LB Roquan Smith said he will play against the Raiders.— Adam Jahns (@adamjahns) October 2, 2019
Yesterday ESPN’s Dan Graziano told him that Chicago Bears linebacker Roquan Smith will be sidelined indefinitely while dealing with a personal issue. His sources tell him that Smith hasn’t been acting like himself the ‘past week or so,’ and the team will give him the time he needs to deal with it.
At Monday's press conference, head coach Matt Nagy refused to give any details on the matter, except saying it was “personal,” despite fielding several questions from the media.
The Chicago Tribune’s Rich Campbell reported on WSCR yesterday that Smith’s name was not on the police report in regards to the wrecked car rumor that was circulating on social media, but Nagy would not confirm or deny if Smith’s current issue is legal related.
Nagy also gave no details if Smith would play this Sunday in London against the Raiders, or if the matter would require any discipline from the team.
“It’s completely a personal issue,” Nagy continued to say. “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.”
At this point there really is no reason for any of us — fans or media — to speculate on what is going on with Roquan. He apparently needs time to sort out a personal matter, and that’s enough information for me.
EDIT: While the Bears remain noncommittal to when Smith will play his next game, he was at Halas Hall yesterday and today according to The Athletic’s Adam Jahns.
#Bears reaction to the Roquan Smith situation:— Mark Potash (@MarkPotash) October 1, 2019
Trevathan: "[I'm] probably not as concerned as you guys [media]. I'm just here to work and have my guy back."
Mack: It's in-house ... we know he's going to get better and we look forward to him getting back out there with us."