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Chicago Bears' Roquan Smith Finally Returns to Practice

Linebacker Roquan Smith returns to practice for the first time since the start of training camp, which signals the end of his "hold in."
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The Chicago Bears received some good news on Saturday. Linebacker Roquan Smith has made his return to the practice. This marks the first time he has participated in practice since the start of training camp. Thus, ending his "hold in" and tabling his contract dispute.

He did not partake in team drills, but he did participate in stretches and individual drills. This is most likely part of the ramp-up process, something that offensive lineman Teven Jenkins recently went through as well.

Additionally, Smith will reportedly speak with the media. This will also be the first time since the start of training camp Smith will offer any public statements directly to the media. The fifth-year linebacker did go public earlier this month with a post on social media about his contract situation. Consequently, that was the only time anyone has heard from him.

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What does this new development with Smith's return to practice and speaking to media signal? Is a contract extension on the horizon? For now, it seems the linebacker will play out his fifth-year option. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network offered some insight on the current situation between the Chicago Bears and Roquan Smith.