Bears activate Roquan Smith from PUP

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A day after Roquan Smith accused General Manager Ryan Poles of refusing to “negotiate in good faith” in his trade request, the Bears activated the linebacker from the active/physically unable to perform list.

The Bears placed him on the list with an unspecified injury that coach Matt Eberflus said was discovered on a physical when Smith checked into camp.

It prevented Smith from practicing with the team. Now that he’s activated, Smith is expected to “hold-in” and attend meetings but continue not practicing.

He watched practice again Wednesday, Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Smith is scheduled to make $9.735 million on the fifth-year option of his rookie contract.

The No. 8 overall selection of the 2018 draft, Smith was second-team All-Pro each of the past two seasons. He recorded a career-high 163 total tackles last season, with 12 tackles for loss, four sacks, an interception and three passes defensed.

In 61 career games, Smith has five interceptions, 14 sacks, and 43 tackles for loss.

Poles said Tuesday he intends to keep Smith on the team.

3 responses to “Bears activate Roquan Smith from PUP

  1. Fine him. If he wants to play his cards by talking publicly and demanding a trade, the Bears can play theirs, too. I still say a deal gets done, but this hold-out stuff has to end. The CBA is too favorable to teams not to use the fines when they can.

  2. Trade incoming? New GM Ryan Poles doesn’t strike me as a guy with a high tolerance for drama and distraction and this is definitely going that direction.

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