There’s an ongoing mystery among Chicago Bears fans and NFL media about why Roquan Smith was a last-minute scratch to Sunday’s game.
On Sunday morning before the game, Smith was a surprise addition to the team’s injury report, with the Bears stating he was “doubtful” to play. Smith did appear at the game, but he was in street clothes and on the sidelines.
After the game, Smith was unavailable to reporters.
On Monday, Bears coach Matt Nagy was bombarded with questions about Smith’s mystery absence – with Nagy repeatedly saying it was due to “personal reasons.”
ESPN’s Adam Schefter told a Chicago radio station that Smith was out because “he was not acting like himself” the last few days.
Smith, 22, was a star at UGA both on and off the field. He was the first Bulldog to win the Butkus award as the college football’s best linebacker, and he was an NFL first-rounder with the NFL’s Bears at No. 8 overall. He’s in his second year of pro ball.