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After trade demand, Bears take Roquan Smith off PUP list

One day after he demanded a trade with a 343-word statement that accused his bosses of negotiating in bad faith, Roquan Smith was taken off the Bears’ physically unable to perform list.

The Bears had put him on PUP to begin training camp. Head coach Matt Eberflus claimed that Smith had an injury they discovered when he checked into camp — but refused to specify what it was.

Because he was on PUP, he could not be fined. Now that he’s returned to the active roster, Smith could be fined if the Bears choose. The league does not mandate it, however, because Smith is a “hold-in” and attending meetings at Halas Hall. He watched practice Wednesday, the same way he had all year.

It’s unlikely that Smith will return to practice Thursday.

In a letter he released Tuesday morning, just hours before “Family Fest” at Soldier Field, Smith said Bears GM Ryan Poles had “refused to negotiate in good faith” and the new regime’s “focus had been on trying to take advantage of me.”

Smith is entering the fifth and final year of his rookie deal and wants a deal similar to the roughly 5-year, $100 million contacts given the Colts’ Shaquille Leonard and the 49ers’ Fred Warner last year.



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