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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.

Chicago Bears
Table - Injury report
Player Injury Game status
PRO CAREER:


Started in nine and played in all 16 games as a rookie in 2020, finishing as the Bears second leading receiver with 61 catches, 631 yards and four TDs. 
Selected in the fifth round of the 2020 NFL Draft (173rd overall) by the Bears
HIs 61 receptions as a rookie were second most all-time by a Bears rookie, only behind Matt Forte (63, 2008) 
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. 


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
Darnell Mooney
Ankle Out
PRO CAREER:


Finished his third NFL season in 2020 after being drafted in the first round (8th overall) in the 2018 draft
Has appeared in 44 career games (42 starts), totaling 361 tackles, 14 PDs, 4 INTs, 11.0 sacks and 31 TFLs
Has now recorded 100+ tackles in each of his first three seasons, becoming the first Chicago defender to have three straight seasons of 100-plus tackles, since Lance Briggs did so for six seasons (2004-2009)
His 139 tackles in 2020 ranked 4th most by a Bears defender in a season, since tackles were 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 17 career 10+ tackle games, the third most in Bears history since 1987


HONORS:


2020: AP All-Pro (second team)
2018: ESPN.com All-Rookie team


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
Elbow Out
PRO CAREER:


Enters his second season with the Bears in 2021; selected in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft (50th overall)


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
Shoulder Questionable

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