No injury update on Roquan Smith, so the Chicago Bears begin preparation for the playoffs with a potentially serious injury clouding the linebacker’s availability

It’s easy to make a case Roquan Smith has been the best defensive player for the Chicago Bears this season, and now it looks as if the team could enter the playoffs without him. Smith left Sunday’s loss to the Green Bay Packers in the first quarter with a left elbow injury and did not return. A source told the Tribune the fear Sunday night was it was a dislocated elbow and a review of the All-22 film clearly shows his left arm bend the wrong direction from below the elbow. Missing Smith against any opponent would be a significant loss, but playing without him against the New Orleans Saints in …

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