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- Bears HC Matt Nagy said of LB Roquan Smith’s absence from Sunday’s game: “It’s completely a personal matter and I’m going to leave it at that.” (Adam Jahns)
- Regarding QB Mitch Trubisky’s shoulder injury, Nagy said he doesn’t think it’s season-ending. (Tom Pelissero)
- Based on video of the play, David Chao believes Trubisky has a “significant” left shoulder injury. Chao adds that Trubisky is destined for surgery but because it’s to his non-throwing shoulder, he could try to return after a few weeks.
- Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic writes that the Cardinals face a tough decision with former first-round OT D.J. Humphries, who is in the final year of his rookie contract.
- According to Somers, members of the Cardinals’ organization are tepid about Humphries being their long-term solution at left tackle, which is why they haven’t attempted to sign him to an extension up to this point.
- Somers says that if Arizona passes on re-signing him to an extension, Humphries could be in line to secure a contract that will pay him around $12 million per year.
- Humphries was about his situation and said he’s not thinking about it very much: “Thinking about it is not going to do anything for you. You can think all day about a paycheck — it’s still not Friday. Friday is going to come when it comes. It’s inevitable, if you’re working all week like you’re supposed to, Friday is inevitable. If I continue to do what I’ve been doing, everything is going to fall into place like it’s supposed to.”
- According to FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer, Saints QB Drew Brees is looking at a return to the field in five weeks following his thumb surgery thanks to an internal brace that was inserted during surgery.
- The usual timeline for that type of injury is six to eight weeks.