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Bears to monitor Roquan Smith’s reinjured hamstring

Playing 72% of the Bears’ defensive snaps, he tied for the team lead with nine tackles before leaving the game Sunday. 

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Bears linebacker Roquan Smith tackles Allen Lazard on Sunday.
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Bears inside linebacker Roquan Smith aggravated the same hamstring injury Sunday that took him out of the Lions game on Thanksgiving, coach Matt Nagy said Monday.

“We’ll keep an eye on it,” Nagy said. “But he just felt something there — so we want to be smart.”

Smith was as active as ever at Lambeau Field. Playing 72 percent of the Bears’ defensive snaps, he tied for the team lead with nine tackles before leaving Sunday’s game.

Smith recovered quickly after the Lions game, appearing in practice only eight days after getting hurt and playing against the Cardinals two days after that. He led the Bears with eight tackles against The Cardinals.

Safety DeAndre Houston-Carson’s season is over, Nagy said, after he broke his forearm. He’ll be put on injured reserve.

Bears cornerback Xavier Crawford is in the concussion protocol after getting hit by his own player, safety Eddie Jackson, while trying to play coverage Sunday night. Nose tackle Khyiris Tonga left the game with a stinger.

Quarterback Andy Dalton, who didn’t practice last week or suit up Sunday because of a left hand injury, is still dealing with soreness. He’ll be backup whenever he returns.

“We’ll just continue to monitor throughout this week and see where he’s at with the swelling and pain,” Nagy said.

Hicks closer

Despite Akiem Hicks saying his plan was to try to play Sunday against the Packers, the Bears ruled out the defensive tackle Saturday afternoon. Hicks hasn’t played since spraining his ankle Nov. 8 in Pittsburgh.

Nagy said the team had to weigh using up a roster spot despite not knowing exactly how Hicks would feel — and how much he could have played. Nagy said Hicks could return Monday night to face the Vikings.

“We’re really close … ” he said. “Now hopefully we can be closer this week.”

This and that

  • Sunday night, Bears receiver Jakeem Grant became the first Bears player in almost 11 years to catch a touchdown and return a punt for a score in the same game. Devin Hester had a 64-yard punt return and 14-yard touchdown catch against the Vikings on Dec. 20, 2010.
  • The second quarter featured five touchdowns of 35 yards or more. Until Sunday night, that had never happened in the history of the NFL’s scoring data, which dates to 1925.