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Roquan Smith said he will be back playing for the Bears on Sunday

Former Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith updates his status, vows he’s playing

There’s been a lot of mystery in recent days regarding the status of former Georgia star and current Chicago Bears linebacker Roquan Smith.

The former Georgia standout did not play in Sunday’s win over the Minnesota Vikings. When Chicago coach Matt Nagy spoke with reporters about Smith’s status he gave a cryptic answer.

“It’s completely a personal issue. I’m not going to answer any more about it,” Nagy told reporters. “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.”

The mystery around Smith continued, with an ESPN’s Adam Schefter reporting Smith had not been acting like himself in recent weeks.

Well on Wednesday, Smith met with reporters to discuss his status. He did not reveal what caused him to miss the game this past Sunday, but did vow that he will take the field for Chicago this Sunday when they take on the Oakland Raiders in London.

“It was a personal reason. That’s behind us now, so we’re just focusing on getting better this week and moving on to Oakland,” Smith said.

Georgia coach Kirby Smart was asked if he had heard from Smith on Tuesday. The Georgia head coach said that he had not but added that his thoughts and prayers are with Smith.

Through three games, Smith racked up 24 tackles for the Bears. Chicago enters the game against Oakland with a 3-1 record and one of the top defenses in all of the NFL. Chicago is fifth in the NFL in yards allowed per game and second in points allowed per game.

Smith is one of four Bears who played their college ball at Georgia. His fellow former Bulldogs include receivers Javon Wims and Riley Ridley and outside linebacker Leonard Floyd.

Chicago and Oakland kickoff at 1 p.m. on Sunday. The Bears are off next week. Georgia takes on Tennessee, with kickoff set for 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.

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