The Bears have exercised the fifth-year option on Smith's rookie contract, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Smith is now under contract for two more seasons, albeit with a 2022 salary that's guaranteed for injury only. The eighth overall pick from the 2018 draft has emerged as one of the top inside linebackers in the NFL, recording three consecutive seasons with triple-digit tackles and multiple sacks. Smith missed the playoffs with an elbow injury, but his 2020 campaign otherwise went as planned, with the young linebacker notching career highs for tackles (139), pass defenses (seven) and interceptions (two).
Smith (elbow) has been ruled out for Sunday's wild-card game against the Saints, Adam Hoge of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
It was trending this way all week, as Smith was unable to practice after suffering an elbow injury during last week's loss to the Packers. The third-year linebacker stacked up a whopping 139 tackles over 16 games this year, and he's been notably strong in coverage as well, adding seven pass breakups and two interceptions. Josh Woods (toe), who is listed as questionable, will step in for Smith if he's active. Otherwise, Joel Iyiegbuniwe looks like the next man up.
Smith (elbow) is questionable for Sunday's wild-card matchup in New Orleans.
Smith sat out all three of Chicago's practice sessions this week due to an elbow injury suffered during the team's regular-season finale, but it appears that he has a chance to suit up against the Saints. With backup interior linebacker Josh Woods (toe) also listed as questionable, Joel Iyiegbuniwe would be a candidate to step into an increased role if Smith can't go. It would be a notable blow to Chicago's defense if the unit's leading tackler were unavailable against the Saints' high-octane offense.
Smith (elbow) was listed as a non-participant on Wednesday's practice estimate, Kevin Fishbain of The Athletic reports.
Chicago held a walkthrough Wednesday, but Smith would not have been able to participate in a traditional practice due to the elbow injury he suffered in the regular season finale. The linebacker led the Bears with 139 tackles this season, and his absence would open up even more opportunities for the high-powered Saints rushing attack Sunday if Smith's unable to heal up by then.
Smith (elbow) is officially listed as doubtful to return during Sunday's game against the Packers.
With just a little over one quarter left of Week 17's game, Smith will need to recover quickly to have a chance of seeing the field once again Sunday, though it is confirmed he is doubtful to return. Should he fail to return to action, he recorded a career-high 139 tackles to go along with four sacks, and he continues to be an elite IDP option who typically has a high weekly scoring floor. After the Bears conclude their playoff run, he'll be going into the last year of his rookie contract.
Smith (elbow) is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Packers, Mark Grote of 670 The Score Chicago reports.
It's unclear whether Smith will return to Sunday's game after suffering the injury. The 23-year-old plays a key role for the Bears defense, registering four sacks and two interceptions this season.
Smith intercepted a pair of passes while adding eight tackles in the Bears' 41-17 victory over the Panthers on Sunday.
Although Smith has failed to reach double-digit tackles in four of the last five games, he's boosted his fantasy performance with a pair of sacks in Week 14 and then his two interceptions in this contest. He'll continue to be a high-floor fantasy play with upside in Week 17 against the Packers.
Smith tallied two sacks and 12 tackles in Chicago's 36-7 victory over the Texans on Sunday.
The Texans were getting blown out early in this contest, making their offense predictable while helping Smith register his first multisack performance of the season. Not only has he posted double-digit tackles in six of the last 10 games, but he's also recorded four sacks since Week 9, and he'll remain an elite IDP option in the fantasy playoffs.
Smith notched nine tackles in Chicago's 34-30 loss to the Lions on Sunday.
Smith was the only Chicago defender to post more than six tackles in a game because the Lions were forced to go with a pass-heavy attack. After reaching double-digit tackles in most games between Week 4 and Week 10, he's had just 14 stops over his last two games, but there's a strong likelihood he returns to his typical level of performance in the fantasy playoffs.
Smith recorded a sack and 14 tackles in the Bears' 19-13 loss to the Vikings on Monday.
Not only does Smith have a sack in each of his last two games, but he's now posted at least 11 tackles in four of his last five games, and he's been one of the very best IDP options since Week 4.
Smith (back) won't carry an injury tag into Monday's game versus the Vikings.
Smith has missed just two defensive snaps through nine games, and after a pair of limited practice sessions to start the week, he was full speed Saturday and shouldn't be held back Monday. The 2018 first-round pick is on a career pace with 82 tackles, a sack and five pass breakups through nine games, and he'll have the tall task of slowing down Dalvin Cook in primetime.
Smith (back) was a limited practice participant during Thursday's session.
Smith had recovered from December surgery in time for the start of the 2020 regular season after suffering a torn pectoral Week 14 of last year. The 23-year-old had been able to avoid the injury list through the first two months of the current campaign, but now he's been reported as having a back issue following one of his best outings of the season. Smith collected 11 tackles along with his first sack of 2020 last Sunday against Tennessee. A limited practice session at least provides some optimism he'll be able to suit up for an approaching Monday night showdown against the Vikings.
Smith tallied a sack and 11 stops in the Bears' 24-17 loss to the Titans on Sunday.
In a game that Tennessee led throughout, they leaned heavily on their rushing attack, which provided Smith plenty of opportunities to pile up tackles, and he also notched his first sack of the season. He's averaging nine tackles this season, making him an elite IDP performer with a high weekly scoring floor.
Smith posted 11 stops in the Bears' 26-23 overtime loss to the Saints on Sunday.
After a bit of a slow start to the season, Smith has averaged 10 tackles over his last five games without posting fewer than seven stops during that span, and he continues to perform as a high-level IDP.
Smith tallied eight stops in Chicago's 24-10 loss to the Rams on Monday.
With the Bears trailing for most of this contest, the Rams were able to run the ball often, leading Smith to compile a team high in tackles. He's now posted at least eight tackles in three of his last four games, and he's performing as a consistent high-floor IDP option.
Smith posted 12 stops in the Bears' 23-16 victory over the Panthers on Sunday.
For the second time in three weeks, Smith recorded a double-digit tackle performance, and with just one game with fewer than seven stops on the campaign, he continues to be a strong IDP option with both a solid floor and high ceiling.
Smith recorded seven tackles (six solo) and two passes defensed in Thursday's win over the Buccaneers.
Smith now has 20 tackles over the past two games, as the linebacker continues to fly around the field all season. He'll look to keep up the high level of play next Sunday at Carolina.
Smith recorded 13 stops in the Bears' 19-11 loss to the Colts on Sunday.
With Indianapolis holding a lead throughout this contest, they were able to go to a run-heavy attack, which helped Smith post his best IDP performance of the campaign. Before this week, he was averaging just seven tackles, but his production against the Colts reminds fantasy managers of the ceiling he possesses.
Smith notched eight tackles in the Bears' 17-13 win over the Giants on Sunday.
After posting seven tackles in the season opener, Smith put up another solid but unspectacular fantasy performance. For most linebackers, his output would make fantasy managers happy, but for a player who posted double-digit tackles in four of his last five games last season, it's not exactly what they hoped for when selecting him on draft day. Regardless, it's just a matter of time until he returns to his elite levels of performance.
Smith recorded seven tackles in the Bears' 27-23 win over the Lions on Sunday.
Smith often rewards fantasy managers with double-digit tackle performances, but there simply weren't many opportunities in this contest to produce a big game. Overall, it was a floor game that didn't likely hurt IDP managers, but there certainly will be plenty of big games for Smith in the near future.
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|Sun 09/20||vs NYG||W 17-13||6||2||8||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 09/27||@ ATL||W 30-26||3||2||5||0||0||1||1||0|
|Sun 10/04||vs IND||L 11-19||10||3||13||0||0||0||0||0|
|Thu 10/08||vs TB||W 20-19||6||1||7||0||0||2||0||0|
|Sun 10/18||@ CAR||W 23-16||7||5||12||0||0||1||0||0|
|Mon 10/26||@ LAR||L 10-24||7||1||8||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 11/01||vs NO||L 23-26||9||2||11||0||0||1||0||0|
|Sun 11/08||@ TEN||L 17-24||9||2||11||1||0||0||0||0|
|Mon 11/16||vs MIN||L 13-19||8||6||14||1||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 11/29||@ GB||L 25-41||0||5||5||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 12/06||vs DET||L 30-34||7||2||9||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 12/13||vs HOU||W 36-7||8||4||12||2||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 12/20||@ MIN||W 33-27||4||2||6||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 12/27||@ JAC||W 41-17||8||0||8||0||2||2||0||0|
|Sun 01/03||vs GB||L 16-35||1||2||3||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 01/10||@ NO||L 9-21||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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