Bears’ Roquan Smith: Unnecessary-roughness penalty was ‘BS’

Bears inside linebacker Roquan Smith didn’t agree with the flag he received for unnecessary roughness Sunday.

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Bears linebacker Roquan Smith was flagged in the end zone Sunday.

Bears linebacker Roquan Smith was flagged in the end zone Sunday.

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LAS VEGAS — Bears inside linebacker Roquan Smith didn’t agree with the flag he received for unnecessary roughness Sunday after he hit Raiders wide receiver Willie Snead in the end zone on second-and-goal in the fourth quarter.

“I thought that was BS,” he said after the Bears’ 20-9 win at Allegiant Stadium. “I was like, ‘Unnecessary?’ ... I’ll have to look back at it, but I don’t think I put my helmet in there. I think I put my shoulder in.”

Injury update

Starting right tackle Germain Ifedi hurt his knee in the second quarter and didn’t return. He was replaced by Elijah Wilkinson. The Bears like Wilkinson better on the right side than the left, but losing Ifedi would be a blow to a thin unit. 

Second-round pick Teven Jenkins is on injured reserve after having back surgery. So is Larry Borom, who hurt his ankle in the opener. He is eligible to return whenever healthy.

In the fourth quarter, the Bears ruled out outside linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu with a pectoral injury. Inside linebacker Caleb Johnson hurt his knee on kickoff coverage in the second quarter and did not return.

Bears coach Matt Nagy said they’ll be evaluated Monday.

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