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Roquan Smith's Injury Diagnosed as Torn Pectoral, Bears LB out for Season

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistDecember 9, 2019

Chicago Bears inside linebacker Roquan Smith (58) before an NFL football game against the New York Giants in Chicago, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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Chicago Bears linebacker Roquan Smith suffered a torn pectoral in Thursday's win over the Dallas Cowboys and will miss the remainder of the season, coach Matt Nagy confirmed Monday.

Smith went down in the first quarter when attempting to tackle Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott at the goal line. He was replaced by Kevin Pierre-Louis.

I really thought you felt him, especially here in the last several games really turning it on, really playing fast,” Nagy told reporters of Smith's recent performance.

The former Georgia star recorded 101 tackles and two sacks this season, putting him on pace to eclipse his numbers from a strong rookie campaign. While the Bears defense has not been as fearsome as last year's world-beating unit, Smith has been a bright spot on a group that ranks eighth in Football Outsiders' DVOA metric. 

Smith missed one game this season with what was deemed a personal issue but has not seemed affected when on the field. ESPN's Dan Graziano reported Smith was "not acting like himself" at team facilities, but there have been no reported incidents since.

Pierre-Louis recorded six tackles after replacing Smith. The sixth-year journeyman is in his first season with the Bears after previously playing for the Seattle Seahawks, Kansas City Chiefs and New York Jets.