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Bears Roster Moves: Roquan Smith On PUP List

The Bears star linebacker is now on the PUP list.

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On Wednesday morning, the Chicago Bears made several roster moves. The biggest move is placing linebacker Roquan Smith on the PUP list, which removes him from the practice field altogether. The Bears also placed Sam Kamara on the PUP list and added Dane Cruikshank, Michael Joseph, and Tajae Sharpe to the NFI list.

Roquan Smith To PUP List

When Bears GM Ryan Poles met with the media yesterday, reporters asked him if he knew of any players they would place on PUP/NFI. Initially, Poles said no. Now the tables have turned and the Chicago Bears placed Roquan Smith, who’s holding out for a new contract, on the active PUP list.

The PUP list or Physically Unable to Perform list means that Smith and Sam Kamara can participate in meetings and use the team facilities. However, they cannot practice. With the ongoing situation surrounding Smith’s contract extension, this doesn’t come as a complete surprise.

Players on the PUP list can be activated at any time during the preseason. But if they remain on that list when the regular season begins, they’ll miss the first four weeks.

NFI List

The Chicago Bears added Dane Cruikshank, Michael Joseph, and Tajae Sharpe to the active Non-Football Injury (NFI) list. This is similar to the PUP list and means the players will not be practicing. But they’re suffering from injuries outside the NFL realm and will not practice in training camp.

These players can be activated at any time during the preseason.

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