Chicago Bears Roquan Smith, Jaylen Johnson vs. Houston Texans


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If linebacker Roquan Smith (groin) and cornerback Jaylen Johnson (quad) — both listed as questionable — are unable to play, the Chicago Bears will be without two of their most experienced defensive players for Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans.

While the Bears are at nickel safety, Smith’s backup, Matt Adams, missed Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury sustained during practice. Although Smith is listed as questionable, coach Matt Eberflus said the Bears are “confident” the linebacker will be able to play despite missing all three days of practice.

If one or both linebackers can’t play against Houston, the Bears could turn to free agents Jack Sanborn and Sterling Weatherford, who Chicago claimed from Indianapolis 1 week ago.

“We’re looking at all the combinations because if you lose two guys, obviously in pro football, it’s not always good,” Eberfluss said. “We’re working on that right now, but we’ll have all the combinations.”

Smith, who is in a contract year, represents himself in particular, and Eberflus downplayed the idea that he might make a business decision to take himself out of the lineup to prevent injury.

“I think Roquan is a pro and when he’s ready to play, he’s going to play,” Eberflus said.

Rookie receiver Wallace Jones Jr. He will miss his third straight game with a lingering hamstring injury that he has dealt with since the start of training camp. He returned to practice in a limited capacity on Thursday and Friday, but was listed as questionable for the Houston game.


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