Chicago Bears WR N’Keal Harry undergoes ankle surgical procedure; LB Roquan Smith sits out apply after clearing PUP checklist

LAKE FOREST, Sick. — Chicago Bears vast receiver N’Keal Harry underwent surgical procedure on his left ankle Thursday and will likely be sidelined for an unspecified period of time, in line with coach Matt Eberflus.

Harry sustained the harm on the primary play of workforce drills Saturday when the ankle bought wrapped up beneath linebacker Nicholas Morrow on a go that went his course. The 2019 New England Patriots first-rounder, who was traded to Chicago final month, couldn’t bear weight on his ankle and was helped off the sector by trainers and teammates.

Harry’s harm is certainly one of a number of on the vast receiver place for the Bears. Byron Pringle is out indefinitely with a quad harm, per the workforce, and rookie Velus Jones Jr. is classed as day-to-day regardless of lacking the final week of coaching camp.

Chicago was with out 21 gamers for the second day in a row at apply, its final earlier than the preseason opener towards the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs on Saturday. On the primary day he was eligible to return to apply, linebacker Roquan Smith didn’t take part.

Smith, who demanded a commerce in a press release earlier this week, was faraway from the bodily unable to carry out checklist Wednesday. Smith handed a bodily, in line with the NFL transactions wire.

“He was cleared by our medical staff as healthy,” Eberflus mentioned. “He did not practice. And the reason why for that is, you’ll have to ask him. We expect all of our healthy players to practice, and that was his decision. Like I said, you’ll have to ask him. I have not talked to him about it.”

The Bears didn’t make Smith obtainable Thursday per the workforce’s coverage that solely gamers who take part in apply are capable of converse with the media.

Smith is formally a hold-in, akin to vast receivers DK Metcalf of the Seattle Seahawks and Deebo Samuel of the San Francisco 49ers, who have been bodily current at their workforce’s respective services however didn’t apply earlier than receiving contract extensions.

Eberflus mentioned he didn’t have an “understanding one way or the other” whether or not Smith would proceed to sideline himself from apply with out a new deal.

As a result of he’s current at coaching camp, the 2018 first-round choose shouldn’t be topic to fines of $40,000 per day, which is the quantity, in line with the collective bargaining settlement, for gamers on their fifth-year choice who’ve unexcused absences from coaching camp or are late to report with out prior permission granted by the workforce.

It’s unclear whether or not Chicago plans to fantastic Smith for skipping apply.

“That discipline really comes from the front office,” Eberflus mentioned. “… I’m not going to get into the details of what discipline is there. But we will certainly work through that when the time comes.”

Requested to make clear whether or not Smith’s absences will likely be unexcused if he continues to skip apply whereas deemed wholesome, Eberflus mentioned, “We’ll work through that when we get there.”