Bears' Roquan Smith Intends To Play Sunday

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LAKE FOREST, Ill. (670 The Score) -- Bears linebacker Roquan Smith on Wednesday declined to reveal specifics about the personal issue he's dealing with but did declare that he intends to play against the Raiders in London this Sunday.

Smith was ruled inactive less than two hours prior to the Bears' win against the Vikings last Sunday. He was present on the sidelines and has been active at Halas Hall since.

The Bears have been protective of Smith's situation. So too has Smith, who spoke Wednesday afternoon but kept the details private.

"It was just a personal issue so moving forward," Smith said. "I’m past the situation now actually. Just addressing it because I have to. I guess it already happened.

"I will play this week."

Smith, 22, didn't say whether the personal issues were related to family. He was also asked whether there's a legal matter.

"It’s personal, so it’s more of that," Smith replied. "I’m fine, as you see here. Yeah, so, it’s over with and it’s behind me."

Smith joined the Bears at practice Wednesday afternoon, but coach Matt Nagy said his status will be considered "day-to-day." While Smith declared that he will play, Nagy wasn't certain as to whether Smith would suit up Sunday.

"There's some privacy to this and that's all that we're asking," Nagy said.

Nagy informed players to keep Smith's status in-house and not discuss it publicly, cornerback Prince Amukamara said.

Amukamara is among Bears players who don't know what Smith is dealing with. With his locker being close, Amukamara stood behind reporters and cameras as Smith addressed the media Wednesday.

"It really is a brotherhood and we are family," Amukamara said. "So, any time somebody is going through something, whatever it is, good or bad -- and especially if you don't know the reason -- your job is just to be there, support him, encourage him.

"You never know what anyone's going through in the building, whether it's a coach or a player."

Edge rusher Khalil Mack had similar thoughts.

"We know he’s going to get better, and we look forward to him getting back out there with us," Mack said.

The eighth overall pick in 2018, Smith had never missed a game before last Sunday. He had posted 24 tackles over three contests before being a late inactive against the Vikings. In his place, Nick Kwiatkoski recorded a team-high nine tackles, two tackles for a loss, a sack and a forced fumble.

The Bears haven't been focused on football when it comes to Smith. They've offered support and complete privacy.

"At the end of the day, it’s over with," Smith said. "I’m fine."

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.