Roquan Smith 'Trending In The Right Direction'

August 30, 2018 - 6:47 pm

CHICAGO (670 The Score) -- Rookie linebacker Roquan Smith is inactive for the Bears' preseason finale at Soldier Field on Thursday night, but he was active during pregame warmups. 

Smith was working through drills alongside fellow rookie linebacker Joel Iyiegbuniwe before the exhibition against the Bills, part of the process as he works back from hamstring tightness that he first experienced last week.

Bears general manager Ryan Pace indicated in his appearance on the WBBM Newsradio 780 pregame show that Smith -- along with veteran outside linebacker Aaron Lynch, also hampered by a hamstring injury -- is progressing well. 

"Obviously those are important players for us, and they are trending in the right direction," Pace said. "I think that's the correct term for that. The practices have been ramped up more and more with them. As far as this game, it's probably unlikely, we've just got to be smart with it, and we're focused on the regular season, but the practices have been positive."

Pace hasn't been made available to reporters to discuss the status of Smith and other details involving his team. The Bears are working through their fifth and final preseason game, after which Pace and the front office will turn their focus toward cuts and shifting the roster from the 90-man limit to 53.

"We're going to have some hard cuts coming up," Pace said. "We're kind of going through that process right now. We're looking at all the other teams' cuts as well. But it's been a very competitive preseason."

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