Chicago Bears Head Coach: 'Good Chance' Roquan Smith Plays Week 1

Chicago Bears Head Coach: 'Good Chance' Roquan Smith Plays Week 1

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Chicago Bears Head Coach: 'Good Chance' Roquan Smith Plays Week 1


Though Chicago linebacker Roquan Smith will likely sit out the Bears fifth and final preseason game on Thursday night, head coach Matt Nagy is confident his first round pick will be able to play in week one against the Packers.

Smith is currently recovering from a hamstring strain that he suffered a little over a week ago.

“Roquan had a better day today [in practice], so that’s two good days in a row as far as his health is concerned,” Nagy said. “It’s looking like for him this week against Buffalo, we’re probably going to end up keeping him out and not playing him. But that’s not a negative that we’re keeping him out of the game. He’s in a good place right now.”

The Bears proceeded with caution on Smith in hopes of having him ready by September 9th, and Nagy believes he still has a “good chance” to suit up.

“No, I don’t think so. I think there’s still a good chance there,” Nagy said Tuesday, via the team’s official website. “[It’s] day-by-day with him. Right now we’ve stacked two in a row for the positive, for the good. Let’s just keep that thing going. If he’s able to play and we feel good about it, trust me, we’ll give him an opportunity to get in there.”

Nagy pumped the brakes a bit shortly after, noting that he did not want to rush Smith back and risk another injury, a scenario very common with hamstring injuries.

“I don’t want to get to a spot where we quote-unquote rush him back and then all of a sudden he comes back and, boom, you just lost another whatever six-to-eight weeks,” Nagy said. “I don’t want that.”

Bears fans are starving to see the Georgia football great in action and continue the long line of excellence at linebacker in the windy city. Following OTAs, Smith’s career was put on pause with a 29 day contract holdout — and as is frequent following holdouts, Smith went on to tweak his hamstring shortly after, keeping him out of games and practice.

But the Bears are not the only ones hopeful that Smith can play in week one. Georgia fans would love nothing more than to watch the Montezuma native and beloved Dawg suited up Sunday night on NBC at Green Bay.

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