Bears Could Fine LB Roquan Smith for Missing Practice

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Head coach Matt Eberflus of the Chicago Bears looks on during training camp at the PNC Center at Halas Hall on August 02, 2022 in Lake Forest, Illinois. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

The Chicago Bears and starting inside linebacker Roquan Smith are currently engaged in negotiations for his future contract, and things have gotten a tad more contentious.

After releasing a statement through NFL insider Ian Rapoport on August 9 in which Smith revealed he asked the team for a trade, noting the Bears “didn’t value” him, general manager Ryan Poles fired back.

Initially, the Bears had placed Smith on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list so he wouldn’t be fined for “holding in,” as was not practicing while contract negotiations were taking place. A day after his trade request went public, however, the team announced it had removed Smith from the PUP list, subjecting him to fines of up to $40,000 for every practice he misses moving forward. He could also receive hefty fines for