The news wasn’t as good Wednesday for quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, who dislocated his left shoulder last weekend.
The Bears (3-1) meet the Oakland Raiders (2-2) in London.
Coach Matt Nagy said Wednesday that Smith would practice but didn’t guarantee he would play against Oakland, and he added Trubisky wasn’t expected to play.
Neither Smith nor Nagy addressed the reason for the second-year linebacker’s absence.
“It was a personal reason and it’s behind us now,” Smith told reporters.
Nagy said Trubisky will travel to London, but backup Chase Daniel, who turns 33 on Monday, is prepared to start for the Bears.
In relief on Trubisky last week, Daniel completed 73.3 percent of his passes (22 of 30) for 195 yards and a touchdown.
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