The Bears’ series of bad injuries continued in Detroit on Thanksgiving Day. Midway through the first half, the Bears lost Roquan Smith to a hamstring injury and he never returned. Head coach Matt Nagy did not have an update on the severity of Smith’s injury after the game.
Smith has been one of the best players in the Bears’ defense this year, not only from a production standpoint, but also as a leader. On his way into Thursday’s game, he ranked in the top-five in the NFL in overall tackles and was in the process of breaking his personal record of 139 tackles.
The defense was already without the stars Khalil Mack and Akiem Hicks on their way into the match. Eddie Jackson and Eddie Goldman have also missed several matches with their own injuries.
The offense was also dealt a blow. Marquise Goodwin left the game with a foot injury and was ruled out later. Goodwin had been a big part of the increase in explosive play, collecting 186 yards on seven catches over the previous three weeks.
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