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Bears linebacker Roquan Smith will miss the rest of the year

Mon Dec 9 5:10pm ET
By GENE CHAMBERLAIN
Associated Press

Chicago Bears inside linebacker Roquan Smith (58) grabs the face mask of Detroit Lions running back J.D. McKissic (41) during the first half of an NFL football game in Chicago, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)


LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) The Chicago Bears played almost all of their 31-24 win Thursday over the Dallas Cowboys without injured linebacker Roquan Smith, and now they'll have to finish the season without him.

Bears coach Matt Nagy said on Monday that Smith suffered a torn pectoral muscle in the win and will go on season-ending injured reserve.

Smith was the eighth pick of the 2018 draft and has been a starter since early last year. He experienced a shaky start to the season, missing the Week 4 win over Minnesota because of what the team called a ''personal issue.''

However, he bounced back and played his strongest game of the season against Detroit a week before suffering the pectoral muscle injury on the first drive against Dallas.

''Overall I really thought you felt him, especially here in the last several games, really turning it on, really playing fast,'' Nagy said. ''He's always had that every play that he gets, every game that he plays.

''For the rest of his career he's only going to get better and better in my opinion.''

Nagy thought learning the defense last year and then the changes put in by new defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano were the only things to slow down Smith before his injury.

''I like where he's at,'' Nagy said. ''It's just unfortunate that it ended like that.''

Without Smith, the Bears face possible playoff elimination Sunday at Green Bay with backups Nick Kwiatkoski and Kevin Pierre-Louis manning the inside linebacker spots.

Starter Danny Trevathan has been out since suffering an elbow injury Nov. 10 and there has been no indication his return is imminent, although he is not on injured reserve.

Pierre-Louis was a backup for the Jets last year and played for the Chiefs when Nagy was an assistant coach in Kansas City. He made five tackles, including one for loss, and had a quarterback hit and two pass breakups in the win over Dallas.

''We have the right pieces so I just have to make sure I do my job and the rest of the team is going to have my back,'' Pierre-Louis said.

Pierre Louis did play 23 snaps on defense against Minnesota earlier this season when Smith was absent.

''I'm just going to trust the coaching,'' Pierre-Louis said. ''I didn't go into Thursday's game knowing that certain things were going to happen. I just relied on the coaches. They just put us in position to execute the win.''

The Bears likely will get back defensive end Akiem Hicks from an eight-week stay on injured reserve this week. He suffered an elbow dislocation but has practiced for a week and is eligible to return to play against the Packers.

For Hicks, the first contact he has in the game after missing so much time will be a key to how well his comeback will go.

''Everything is going to come to light in those first couple plays,'' Hicks said. ''There's nothing like that first moment being back or stepping on the field for that first contact.

''You can simulate whatever environment you want, but there's nothing like it.''

Player Notes
Nelson Agholor Dec 9 5:50pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Nelson Agholor has been ruled out for Monday Night Football due to a knee injury. Agholor being out means the Eagles will rely even more on tight ends Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert. The only fantasy-relevant wide receiver on the Eagles will be Alshon Jeffery, who has played well in the past against the Giants and is coming off his best game of the season. Rookie J.J. Arcega-Whiteside and Greg Ward will fill out the rest of the wide receiver depth chart in Agholor's place.

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Jordan Howard Dec 9 5:50pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles running back Jordan Howard won't play on Monday Night Football due to a shoulder injury. This was expected, as Howard still has not been cleared for contact since originally suffering the injury. Miles Sanders will be on the field a whole lot more than most Eagles running backs have been this season, with Jay Ajayi and Boston Scott backing him up.

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Roquan Smith Dec 9 5:23pm ET

Chicago Bears LB Roquan Smith (pectoral) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Monday, Dec. 9. The team also signed free-agent LB Devante Bond (Buccaneers). Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

From TheHuddle

Jake Ryan Dec 9 5:13pm ET

Jacksonville Jaguars LB Jake Ryan (hamstring) will miss some playing time because of a hamstring injury he suffered in Week 14, according to head coach Doug Marrone.

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Rashaad Penny Dec 9 5:03pm ET

Seattle Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny (knee) will miss the rest of the 2019 season because of the knee injury he suffered in Week 14. Head coach Pete Carroll said Penny is dealing with a significant injury, but he is still waiting for the MRI results.

Fantasy Spin: Chris Carson will be the main option in the running game with Penny out and should receive plenty of carries each week. Carson is a must-start option in all fantasy leagues no matter the opponent. C.J. Prosise likely will receive a bigger role in the offense and could be a flex option in some deeper leagues.

From TheHuddle

T Y Hilton Dec 9 4:53pm ET

Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (calf) still has a chance to play this season even if the team is eliminated from playoff contention, according to head coach Frank Reich.

Fantasy Spin: Hilton has missed the last several games because of the calf injury and is uncertain for the final three games of the season. Fantasy players can monitor the situation but probably should look for other options and keep Hilton on the bench.

From TheHuddle

A.J. Green Dec 9 4:43pm ET

Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (ankle) is still considered day-to-day, according to head coach Zac Taylor.

Fantasy Spin: Green has not played this season and suffered a setback a few weeks ago. Fantasy players should avoid Green until he is able to return to the practice field.

From TheHuddle

Adam Vinatieri Dec 9 4:33pm ET

Updating a previous report, Indianapolis Colts PK Adam Vinatieri (knee) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Monday, Dec. 9.

From TheHuddle

Jacoby Brissett Dec 9 3:50pm ET

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett had a good matchup in Week 14, and he took advantage of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He finished the day 19-of-36 for 251 yards and two touchdowns. He also added four carries for 26 yards. Brissett has been without a number of receiving weapons this year due to injuries, but he was able to utilize the weapons he did have on Sunday afternoon. Brissett's matchups get difficult down the stretch, and he'll be trending downward with the Colts playoff hopes taking a major hit with the latest loss.

From RotoBaller

Marcus Johnson Dec 9 3:50pm ET

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Marcus Johnson took advantage of a great matchup and opportunity in Week 14 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With a number of other pass catchers out, Johnson was quarterback Jacoby Brissett's second-favorite target on the day. He caught three of his seven targets for 105 yards and a touchdown. As long as wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (calf) remains out, Johnson will likely continue to see work while the Colts' coaching staff looks to determine their key pieces for the future.

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Marlon Mack Dec 9 3:50pm ET

Indianapolis Colts running back Marlon Mack, in his return from a hand injury, was inefficient in Week 14 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but he was able to get into the end zone to salvage his day. He finished with 13 carries for 38 yards and a touchdown. He didn't add anything in the passing game, but, in a big shootout, he wasn't utilized a ton. In the final weeks of the season, Mack won't be counted on for a ton of production, but he's still giving you an RB2 level of play on an every week basis.

From RotoBaller

Zach Pascal Dec 9 3:50pm ET

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Zach Pascal has shown the ability to be a great player this season, and he showed that again in Week 14. Against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he caught five his nine targets for 74 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Jacoby Brissett consistently relies on Pascal as his top wideout option every week, and it's just a matter of him completing the catches to be a good play in fantasy. His matchups are less-than-stellar down the stretch, but he still has the volume every week to give him consistent upside.

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Jack Doyle Dec 9 3:50pm ET

Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle exploded in Week 13, but he struggled in a big way in Week 14 despite a great matchup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He caught two of his six targets for 27 yards, and he failed to get into the end zone. Doyle gets the volume to be a consistent fantasy tight end, but he didn't convert on it this week. He'll be a consistent option down the stretch, but he'll never be a high-ceiling player like some of the other guys at the position.

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Ryan Kerrigan Dec 9 3:33pm ET

Washington Redskins LB Ryan Kerrigan (calf) will not play in Week 15 against the Philadelphia Eagles due to the calf injury he suffered in Week 14 versus the Green Bay Packers, according to interim head coach Bill Callahan.

From TheHuddle

Derrius Guice Dec 9 3:23pm ET

Washington Redskins RB Derrius Guice (knee) will not play in Week 15 against the Philadelphia Eagles due to the knee he suffered in Week 14 versus the Green Bay Packers, according to interim head coach Bill Callahan.

From TheHuddle

Adam Vinatieri Dec 9 2:33pm ET

Indianapolis Colts PK Adam Vinatieri (knee, leg) is scheduled to undergo surgery to address issues with his meniscus and patellar tendon Wednesday, Dec. 11. He is expected to need between four and six months of rehab.

From TheHuddle

Calvin Ridley Dec 9 2:13pm ET

Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley (abdominal) announced on social media he will miss the rest of the season due to an abdominal injury he suffered in Week 14 against the Carolina Panthers.

Fantasy Spin: Ridley's second pro season will end with 63 catches for 866 yards and a team-high seven touchdown receptions - almost an exact replica of his production over 16 games as a rookie. There's no indication yet whether or not this injury will be a concern for him in 2020. The Falcons will move forward with Julio Jones and Russell Gage as their starting receivers for the remainder of this season. Jones will remain his usual WR1 self, while Gage is now worthy of flex consideration in shallow leagues.

From TheHuddle

D.J. Chark Dec 9 2:13pm ET

Updating a previous report, Jacksonville Jaguars DJ Chark (ankle) will be 'week-to-week or day-to-day' with an ankle injury, according to head coach Doug Marrone.

Fantasy Spin: The always-popular non-update from the head coach, as there is a pretty significant difference between "week-to-week" and "day-to-day." At any rate, owners probably should not expect to have Chark available to them in Week 15 and perhaps the rest of the season. His absence would leave Dede Westbrook and Chris Conley as Gardner Minshew's top targets, and both receivers would be worth considering as low-end starters in fantasy if Chark's injury does sideline him the rest of the way.

From TheHuddle

Patrick Mahomes Dec 9 1:43pm ET

Updating a previous report, Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes (hand) did not suffer a broken bone in his hand in Week 14 and is expected to be fine for Week 15 against the Denver Broncos, according to head coach Andy Reid.

Fantasy Spin: Reid did admit to changing up his play-calling in the second half of Week 14 to account for his quarterback's injury, so owners should keep an eye on his practice participation throughout the week. Assuming he gets something close to regular work during the week, Mahomes should be trusted as a high-end QB1 in Week 15.

From TheHuddle

Kai Forbath Dec 9 1:33pm ET

Dallas Cowboys PK Brett Maher was waived Monday, Dec. 9. PK Kai Forbath (Patriots) was signed to an undisclosed contract to replace him on the roster.

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