With the NFL Preseason wrapping up for the Chicago Bears on Saturday evening, many believed that linebacker Roquan Smith would return to game action after ending his contract holdout. However, just before kickoff, reports indicated that the star linebacker will not play.
Smith announced he was sitting out for a new contract earlier this offseason. In addition, Smith reportedly asked for a trade at one point, indicating the linebacker's tenure in Chicago could come to an end. However, he returned to practice and looks like he will prove to the new front office that he deserves big money.
In the new 4-3 defense for Matt Eberflus, Smith will play the off-ball linebacker, or Will linebacker. For comparison, Bears fans remember Lance Briggs. He played the same position in a similar system under Lovie Smith.
Unfortunately for Bears fans, they will have to wait until Week 1 to see Smith in the new defense. The Bears will take on the San Francisco 49ers on September 11 to open the season. The Bears' first game will also be Smith's first game. However, there's a good chance Smith will be ready to be a big difference maker.