Roquan Smith, Jaylon Johnson questionable for Texans game

Roquan Smith leaves the field Sunday night.

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Two of the Bears’ best three defensive players are questionable for Sunday’s game against the Texans.

Linebacker Roquan Smith missed his third-straight practice Friday with a hip injury. Cornerback Jaylon Johnson did not practice Friday after being limited Thursday because of a quad issue.

Smith played every snap in Sunday’s loss to the Packers. Johnson was added to the injury report Thursday after practicing Wednesday.

Rookie receiver Velus Jones is unlikely to make his NFL debut Sunday; he was limited in practice the last two days but ruled doubtful. He’s been dealing with a hamstring injury dating back to the middle of training camp, and has missed the first two games of his career.

Linebacker Matthew Adams (hamstring), safety Dane Cruikshank (hamstring) and tight end Ryan Griffin (Achilles’ tendon) were ruled out for Sunday’s game. Adams, who practiced Wednesday but missed the next two sessions, is the team’s starting strong-side linebacker but serves as Smith’s backup in nickel coverage, which they play more often than not.

Rookie Jack Sanborn, a Wisconsin alum, figures to play instead of Smith if he can’t go. The Sterling Weatherford is their only other linebacker on the active roster, though they can call up Joe Thomas or DeMarquis Gates from the practice squad.

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Source:: Chicago Sun Times

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