Smith is believed to have suffered a torn pectoral muscle during Thursday's 31-24 win over the Cowboys, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Smith was forced out of action during the first quarter and wasn't able to return. The second-year linebacker will undergo an MRI on Friday to get further information about his injury, and if the torn pectoral is confirmed, he'll likely miss the rest of the 2019 season. Smith leads the Bears with 101 tackles (66 solo) through 12 games.
Coach Matt Nagy said after Thursday's 31-24 win over the Cowboys that the pectoral injury Smith suffered in the game "does not look good for him." Smith picked up the injury in the first quarter of the game and was unable to return. Kevin Pierre-Louis stepped in for Smith at inside linebacker and did an admirable job, racking up six tackles (five solo) while helping to slow down an oftentimes explosive Dallas offense. The Bears will certainly miss Smith if he's out for an extended period of time, though, as he comfortably leads the team with 99 tackles on the season.
Smith has been ruled out of Thursday's game against the Cowboys with a pectoral injury, Kevin Fishbain of The Athletic reports. Smith appeared to injure his chest area while attempting to tackle Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott on a two-yard touchdown plunge in the first quarter. The Bears' leading tackler looks as though he will replaced by Kevin Pierre-Louis at inside linebacker.
Smith notched a pair of sacks and 14 tackles in the Bears' 24-20 win over the Lions on Thursday. Smith was all over the field, as no other Bears player had more than eight tackles, and he also recorded the only sacks the team was able to generate. He's now posted at least 10 tackles in four of the last five games, and there are few better IDP options at the linebacker position.
Smith recorded 11 tackles in Chicago's 20-13 victory over the Lions on Sunday. Even though the Lions threw the ball 46 times, many of those passes were short, which helped allow Smith pile up double-digit tackles. After a four-game stretch in which he averaged seven tackles, he's now posted 21 tackles over his last two games, and he's beginning to regain the form that he showed in his amazing rookie season, when he was performing as an IDP star.