Bears activate star linebacker Roquan Smith from physically-unable-to-perform list


(670 The Score) The Bears on Wednesday afternoon activated star linebacker Roquan Smith from the physically-unable-to-perform list, which he had been on since the start of training camp in late July.

The move came as Smith has been conducting a contract hold-in and after he publicly requested a trade out of Chicago on Tuesday morning. It wasn’t immediately clear what Smith’s removal from the PUP list meant for his status with the Bears. Amid his hold-in, Smith has been participating in team meetings and individual conditioning work, but he hasn’t been taking the field with the Bears for practice. The team never specified an injury for Smith after originally placing him on the PUP list.

In requesting a trade Tuesday, Smith released a statement to a national reporter in which he explained he didn’t feel valued by the Bears and didn’t appreciate the team’s “take it or leave it” approach in negotiations.

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