Smith was surprisingly inactive for the Bears' win against the Vikings on Sunday for what the team has continuously called "personal reasons." Smith didn't dress but was present on the Bears' sideline Sunday and engaged with teammates on the bench.
Coach Matt Nagy repeatedly declined to offer details on Smith's status while speaking to reporters Monday afternoon. Pressed a dozen times, Nagy referred to "personal reasons" -- including when asked whether Smith was in potential legal trouble or facing team discipline.
Smith is "not acting like himself," ESPN reporter Monday, citing a source. The details beyond that remain unclear.
Players in the Bears' locker room Tuesday declined to divulge details of Smith's status.
"Can’t really speak on it," said linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski, who started in place of Smith. "It’s hard to say. It’s a personal issue. We’re there for him if he needs it. It is what it is."
Edge rusher Khalil Mack offered similar thoughts.
"It’s something that’s in-house," Mack said. "But at the same time, we know he’s going to get better and we look forward to him getting back out there with us."
Fellow inside linebacker Danny Trevathan was asked if he's concerned about Smith's situation.
"Probably not as concerned as (the media)," Trevathan said. "You all keep asking me questions. I'm just here to work and have my guy's back."
The Bears didn't practice Tuesday but did hold workouts and organized activities. The team isn't required to offer an injury report until Wednesday, at which point greater clarity on Smith's status could be known.
Nagy wouldn't speculate to Smith's status for the Bears' game against the Raiders in London on Sunday. It's also unclear whether he would fly with the team overseas when it departs late Thursday.
The eighth overall pick in 2018, Smith has posted 145 tackles over 19 career games. He had never missed a contest prior to last Sunday.