Chicago Bears linebacker Roquan Smith’s season is over after a torn pectoral muscle. In Week 14’s win at home against the Cowboys, Smith left the game in the first half after hitting Ezekiel Elliott.
The NFL’s Ian Rapoport reported he will be moved to IR after an MRI confirmed the injury.
#Bears coach Matt Nagy confirms that LB Roquan Smith has a torn pec and is headed to season-ending Injured Reserve. He’ll have surgery to repair it.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 9, 2019
The Bears improved to 7-6 on the year with last night’s win, which keeps their playoff hopes alive. In a tough NFC North, they will likely be gunning for a Wild Card spot barring a collapse by the Vikings and/or Packers. Smith’s injury is significant because Chicago is already without Danny Trevathan, their other good inside linebacker.
Smith recently had his best game of the season in Week 13 against the Detroit Lions. He collected 16 tackles, 10 of them solo and two tackles for a loss. He only has two sacks on the season, but was well on pace to break his rookie record of 121 tackles.
If the Bears do make the playoffs, Smith will not be available. He can return to the field in 2020.
Chicago has another huge game in Week 15 against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.
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