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Injury Update: Who's in, who's out for Saints game

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Bears inside linebacker Roquan Smith (elbow) and receiver Darnell Mooney (ankle) have been downgraded from questionable to out, while cornerback Jaylon Johnson (shoulder) remains listed as questionable for Sunday's Wild Card game in New Orleans.

Smith and Mooney missed practice all week and were downgraded on Saturday, while Johnson was limited in workouts Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Smith injured his elbow late in the first quarter of last Sunday's 35-16 loss to the Packers. He was selected AP second-team All-Pro after ranking second in the NFL in both solo tackles (96) and tackles-for-loss (18) and seventh in tackles with a career-high and team-leading 139.

Smith's absence no doubt will be difficult to overcome.

"He's playing at a dominant level," coach Matt Nagy said. "He's not just playing like a good player or a great player; there's complete domination in the way he's playing. He's playing on another level.

"Whoever the next guy up that has to step up and go in there and do their thing [is], it's our job as coaches to know and see that and work around that and work to that player's strengths. And you can't say that that player is Roquan, because they're not, so you've got to work to that player's strengths. Then it's the other 10 players around that have to be able to do the same thing."

Third-year pro Josh Woods, who replaced Smith against Green Bay, is also listed as questionable for Sunday's game versus the Saints after being limited in practice Thursday and Friday with toe and glute injuries.

Mooney was injured late in the Packers game. The rookie fifth-round pick from Tulane finished second on the Bears in receiving with 61 catches for 631 yards and four touchdowns. His 61 receptions were the most by a rookie wide receiver in Bears history.

Johnson has missed the last three games. The rookie second-round pick from Utah tied for sixth in the NFL with 15 pass breakups and also registered 44 tackles and one tackle-for-loss.

Johnson has impressed the Bears from the day he arrived at Halas Hall for training camp.

"I like the idea of having a short memory if you get beat," Nagy said. "There's a couple times where he got beat and he came right back. It all started in training camp. His mentality, he took it to the season and I think he learned a lot.

"Understanding how to do little things like watch tape, there's not a lot of people that watch as much tape as Kyle Fuller, and I think it's been great for Jaylon to be able to witness behind the scenes how much tape Kyle sees. It just teaches you how to be a pro off the field.

"On the field, they're going to go after you being a rookie, but he's really fought hard to get better and better, and I think his arrow is definitely up. It's unfortunate that he got hurt, but he's working hard to get back, and I think he has a really great attitude, and that's going to be the biggest thing."

Nickel back Buster Skrine has been ruled out of Sunday's contest due to a concussion that forced him to miss the final four regular-season games.

For the Saints, defensive end Trey Hendrickson (neck) has been ruled out of Sunday's game. Hendrickson tied for second in the NFL with 13.5 sacks. Guard/center Nick Easton (concussion) was listed as out Friday before being placed on injured reserve Saturday.

New Orleans All-Pro receiver Michael Thomas and Pro Bowl punt returner Deonte Harris returned to practice this week and are expected to play against the Bears after being moved from injured reserve to the active roster Saturday.

Star running back Alvin Kamara is also expected to play; he tested positive for COVID-19 last week but was activated from the reserve/COVID list Saturday.

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PRO CAREER:


Started in nine of 16 games as a rookie in 2020, finishing as Chicago's second-leading receiver with 61 catches, 631 yards and four TDs
His 61 receptions as a rookie were second most all-time by a Bears rookie, only behind Matt Forte (63, 2008), and the most ever by a Bears rookie wide receiver
His 61 receptions are tied for fourth most ever by an NFL rookie drafted in the fifth round or later, and the most since Tyreek Hill also had 61 in 2016
Selected in the fifth round of the 2020 NFL Draft (173rd overall) by the Bears
Recorded his first-career rushing touchdown on a 15-yard run with 14:17 to go in the fourth quarter at the Steelers in Week 9 of the 2021 season. He also hauled in a 16-yard touchdown pass from QB Justin Fields with 1:46 to go in the fourth quarter
With both a rushing and receiving touchdown to finish out Week 9, Mooney became Chicago's second receiver to log a rushing touchdown and receiving touchdown in the same regular-season game (dating back to 1970), joining Michael Timpson's Nov. 26, 1995 performance vs. the New York Giants in a 27-24 victory
Mooney's rushing touchdown in Week 9 of the 2021 season makes him Chicago's fifth wideout since 1960 to score a rushing touchdown. It was the 11th rushing touchdown scored in franchise history by a receiver, joining Dennis Gentry (5), Johnny Morris (3), Dennis McKinnon (1) and Michael Timpson (1)
Mooney added to both the scoring column and the record books early vs. the Giants Week 17, starting his day with a three-yard reception from Dalton that tied him with Tarik Cohen’s 124 receptions in the first two years of a career. The second year wideout broke the record five plays later with a four-yard touchdown catch to put Chicago in front 14-0. The touchdown marked Mooney’s fourth of the season and the eighth of his career. 


HONORS:


2020: Brian Piccolo rookie award winner 


2021 SEASON (Bears):


Played in all 17 games with 14 starts
Finished the season with a team-high 1,055 receiving yards (13.0 avg.) and four receiving touchdowns
With seven receptions in the Week 17 game vs. the Giants, Mooney broke the Bears record of the most catches by a receiver in their first two seasons
Led the team in receptions and in receiving yards (66 yards) in the Week 2 win over the Bengals
Led the team in receiving yards with 125 yards and hauled in a career-long 64-yard reception to open Chicago's second drive in the Bears Week 4 win over the Lions
He also recorded his first career game with 100+ receiving yards during this matchup
Led the team in receiving yards with 45 yards and recorded his first touchdown of the season, a five-yard reception from Fields with 8:44 to go in the fourth quarter vs. the Packers in Week 6
Recorded a team-high 64 receiving yards vs. the 49ers in Week 8
Recorded his first career rushing touchdown on a 15-yard run with 14:17 to go in the fourth quarter Week 9 at the Steelers. He also recorded his sixth career receiving touchdown, hauling in a 16-yard pass from QB Justin Fields to put the Bears ahead 27-26 with 1:46 left in the fourth quarter
Dating back to 1970, Mooney became Chicago's second wide receiver to log a rushing touchdown and a receiving touchdown in the same regular-season game, joining Michael Timpson's Nov. 26, 1995 performance vs. the New York Giants in a 27-24 victory
Caught a 60-yard TD pass from QB Andy Dalton with 8:02 to go in the third quarter vs. the Ravens. His 60-yard reception is the second-longest of his career (64, vs. DET, 10/3/21); Mooney finished the Week 11 contest with 121 receiving yards, his second career 100-yard outing
Surpassed the century mark in receiving yards for the third time this season in Week 12, hauling in five catches for 123 yards; his 52-yard reception from Dalton late in the second quarter (5:21), marked his fifth straight game with a reception of 20+ yards
Started and caught five passes for 63 yards (12.6 avg.) Week 15 vs. the Vikings
Hauled in five passes for 57 yards in the Week 16 win at Seattle
Hauled in a season-high seven receptions, including a four yard touchdown pass from QB Andy Dalton to put Chicago ahead 14-0 in the first quarter vs. the Giants
Surpassed 1,000 receiving yards on the season and recorded a team-high 126 receiving yards in Week 18 at Minnesota, marking his fourth 100+ yard game of the season


2020 SEASON (Bears)


Had multiple catches in every game this season; had 61 total catches on the season, which finished fifth among NFL rookie WR leaders
With his four receptions in Week 15, he broke the record for most receptions by a Bears rookie wide receiver (Harlon Hill, 45 receptions, 1954)
His 631 receiving yards were most in a season by a Bears rookie since Willie Gault had 836 in 1983
Had a team season-high 11 receptions in Week 17. 11 receptions are the most by a Bears rookie ever in a game, breaking the previous mark of Ken Margerum (10, 1981).
Caught TDs in consecutive Weeks (14-15); a 12-yard TD in Week 14 and a 8-yard TD in Week 15
Hauled in a 12-yard touchdown in Week 14 vs. Houston
Averaged 13.3 yards per catch with 40 yards on three receptions in Week 7 at the Rams
Posted a 50-yard reception vs. the Saints in Week 8; with 5 catches for 69 yards and a touchdown
Posted five catches for 52 yards (10.4 avg) in Week 4 vs. the Colts
Caught three passes for 38 yards (12.7 avg) in his rookie debut in Week 1 at the Lions
Caught another three passes for 36 yards in the Week 2 win over the Giants, including a 15-yard touchdown from Mitchell Trubisky in the second quarter
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Finished his fourth NFL season in 2021 after being drafted in the first round (8th overall) in the 2018 draft
Has appeared in 61 career games (59 starts), totaling 523 tackles, 17 PDs, 5 INTs, 14.0 sacks and 43 TFLs
Became the fastest Bears player since 1994 to reach 500 career tackles in 58 career games
Has recorded 100+ tackles in each of his first four seasons, becoming the first Chicago defender to have four straight seasons of 100-plus tackles, since Lance Briggs did so for six seasons (2004-2009)
His 139 tackles in 2020 ranked fourth most by a Bears defender in a season, since tackles became an official stat
His 107 tackles in 2018 ranked second all-time among Bears rookies
Recorded a sack on his first ever NFL snap in Week 1 of 2018 at Green Bay
Recorded seven tackles and an interception in Wild Card playoff game vs. PHI (1/6/19), making him just the sixth rookie in Bears history to record an interception in a postseason game
Has 23 career 10+ tackle games, the third most in Bears history since 1987
Recorded his first ever NFL pick-6 in Week 2 of the 2021 season with a 53-yard touchdown
During the 2021 season, his career-high 17 tackles (13 solo) Week 11 vs. the Ravens (2021) tied him for the third-most tackles in a game a Bear since at least 1987


HONORS:


2021: Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award nominee, AP All-Pro (second team)*
2020:* AP All-Pro (second team); Ed Block Courage award winner *
2018: *Brian Piccolo rookie award winner; ESPN.com All-Rookie team


2021 SEASON (Bears):


Started in every game and had 10+ tackles in nine contests
Season totals include 163 tackles (95 solo), 12 TFL, 3.0 sacks and one interception returned for a 53-yard touchdown
His 163 tackles on the season ranked fifth in the league
Surpassed 500 career tackles Week 15 vs. the Vikings and 100 tackles on the season Week 11 vs. the Ravens after recording a career-high 17 tackles (13 solo)
Became the fastest Bears player since 1994 to reach 500 career tackles in 58 games
Led the team in tackles with 11 (five solo) in Week 1
Recorded a team-high eight tackles in the Week 2 victory over the Bengals; additionally he sacked Bengals QB Joe Burrow for a loss of eight yards and ran 53 yards for his first career pick-6
Logged a team-high nine tackles in Week 3 at the Browns
Recorded 10 tackles to mark his 400th career tackle in Week 4 vs. the Lions
He also logged 1.0 sack, dropping QB Jared Goff for a loss of eight yards
Had a team-high 10 tackles (five solo) and one PD in the Week 5 victory at the Raiders
Finished the Week 6 matchup vs. the Packers with a team-leading 12 tackles (six solo)
Registered a team-high 13 tackles in Week 7 at the Buccaneers
Logged 12 tackles and 1.0 sack, dropping Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger nine yards in Pittsburgh Week 9; he also had two TFLs and one QBH
Recorded a career-high 17 tackles (13 solo), including two TFLs Week 11 vs. the Ravens; his 17 tackles in a single game tied him for the third-most tackles in a game by a Bear since at least 1987
Finished the Week 13 contest vs. the Cardinals with a team-leading eight tackles (4 solo), marking the 10th outing this season in which Smith has led the Bears in individual tackles
Tied DB Eddie Jackson and DB Artie Burns to lead the team once again with nine tackles Week 14 at the Packers
Recorded a team-high 10 tackles Week 15 vs. the Vikings, marking his ninth double-digit contest this season
Led the team with nine tackles and recorded two TFLs and one pass break up in the Week 16 win at Seattle
Tallied a team-high nine tackles and two TFL in the Week 17 win vs. the Giants


2020 SEASON (Bears):


Finished second in the NFL with 98 solo tackles; and sixth in combined tackles (139) and was second in the NFL with 18 TFL, only behind T.J. Watt (23)
Finished the season as the only NFL defender to record over 100 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and have at least two sacks and interceptions. These totals have only been accomplished three times now since 2015.
Intercepted two passes in Week 16, becoming the first Chicago linebacker to have a multi-interception game since Lance Briggs in 2008; additionally, he is one of 15 defenders and the only LB to have a multi-interception game in 2020
Matched a career best two sacks in the Week 14 win vs. Houston; finished with 12 tackles and two sacks
Logged a season-high 14 tackles, matched a career-high with three TFL and added one sack in Week 10 vs. Minnesota
Logged a team-high 11 tackles vs. New Orleans and again the very next week at the Titans
Tallied 13 tackles (11 solo) and a career-high 3 TFL in Week 4 vs. the Colts
Had 12 tackles, one TFL and one PD in the Week 6 win at Carolina
Recorded seven tackles, including five solo and one TFL, in the Week 1 win in Detroit
Had eight tackles (seven solo) and one TFL in the Week 2 win over the Giants


2019 SEASON (Bears):


Started 12 games in which he played, recording 100 tackles, two pass defenses, two sacks, one interception and five TFLs
Recorded career-highs with 16 tackles and 2.0 sacks on Thanksgiving at DET, joining Vinny Rey and Patrick Willis as the only platers to have 15+ tackles and two more sacks in a game since 1982
Recorded five double-digit tackle games
Intercepted Rams QB Jared Goff in Week 11
inactive for Week 4 vs. MIN; placed on Injured Reserve on 12/9


2018 SEASON (Bears):


Appeared in 16 games (14 starts), recording team-high 122 tackles (two shy of the Bears rookie record), four passes defensed, one interception, five sacks and eight tackles-for-loss
Recorded a sack on his first ever NFL snap at GB
Recorded a season-high 13 tackles at Miami (10/14); tied that season-high at Buffalo (11/4)
107 tackles is second all-time among Bears rookies
Recorded seven tackles and an interception in Wild Card playoff game vs. PHI (1/6/19), making him just the sixth rookie in Bears history to record an interception in a postseason game
Roquan Smith
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Entering his third season with the Bears in 2022; selected in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft (50th overall) by the Bears
Has started in all 28 games of his career, owning 90 tackles (71 solo), 24 PDs and 1 INT


2021 SEASON (Bears):


Started in 15 games, only missing two due to COVID-19
Finished the season with 46 tackles (37 solo) and nine PDs
Registered five tackles (three solo) and recorded a PD in the Bears season-opener against the Rams
Snagged his first career INT in the fourth quarter of the Week 2 win over the Bengals
Logged three solo tackles at the Browns in Week 3
Recorded two tackles to contribute to the Bears Week 5 win at the Raiders
Registered three tackles in Week 6 vs. the Packers
Recorded a team-high and season-high six tackles (five solo) and forced his first career fumble in the Week 12 victory at the Lions


2020 SEASON (Bears):


Started all but three games (Weeks 15-17) for the Bears at cornerback, missing the final three games and the Wild Card playoff game due to a shoulder injury
Despite missing the last three regular season games, Johnson still finished fourth in the NFC with 15 PDs; had five games with multiple PDs
His five PDs in his first two games were the second most by a rookie defender in their first two games since the league started tracking PDs in 1999 (Marcus Peters had seven through his first two games in 2015)
Started at cornerback Week 1 at Detroit, making him the first Bears rookie to start at corner on opening day since Walt Harris in 1996; became the first non-first round draft pick to start at corner for the Bears in the opener since Mike Richardson in 1983; also broke up a Matthew Stafford pass in the end zone on the final play to help secure the victory
Recorded three tackles and two PDs in the win at the Panthers; broke up a pass on Carolina's opening drive that led to a Tashaun Gipson Sr. INT and set up Chicago's first touchdown
Logged five tackles his second most of the season in Week 10 and added one PD
Jaylon Johnson
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