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Bears Put LB Smith on PUP List

Bears LB Roquan Smith was placed on the active/PUP list Wednesday.

 

Smith remains in the middle of contract negotiations with the Bears, which likely explains his addition to the PUP list. He had said Monday that he did not plan to report to training camp this week, and he didn't. 

 

The organization will likely come to terms with Smith at some point on a new contract and he will return to the team ahead of the 2022 campaign. The linebacker produced a career-high 163 tackles last season while also adding three sacks, three pass deflections and an interception that he returned for a touchdown.

 

Linebacker Sam Kamara was placed on the active/PUP list Wednesday.

 

Kamara finished last season healthy, so it's unclear what may be holding back the 24-year-old from practicing to open training camp. Once back at full health, Kamara will work to earn a spot in the Bears' linebacker unit.

 

Michael Joseph was placed on Chicago's active/non-football injury list Wednesday, Sean Hammond of the Daily Herald reports.

 

Joseph is still able to practice and play at any point in the preseason once he recovers from this undisclosed off-field injury. The 27-year-old made his NFL debut with the Bears last year when he was elevated from the team's practice squad for Week 15.

 

Wide receiver Tajae Sharpe was placed on the active/non-football injury list Wednesday.

 

Sharpe signed with the Bears in May, but he will now open training camp on the NFI list with an unspecified injury. 

 

The 27-year-old appeared in 15 games with the Falcons last season and caught 25 passes for 230 yards over those contests. He'll compete for a depth role at wide receiver once healthy.

 

Dane Cruikshank was placed on the active/non-football injury list Wednesday.

 

The exact details of Cruikshank's injury have yet to be reported, but he will be sidelined for the time being at training camp. The safety signed with the Bears this offseason after he made 43 tackles while deflecting a pass and forcing a fumble over 14 games with the Titans in 2021. 

 

He's expected to be a top reserve option behind Jaquan Brisker this season.

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