Bears leading tackler Roquan Smith suffered a pectoral injury on the first defensive series Thursday night vs. the Dallas Cowboys and was quickly ruled out for the remainder of the game.
After Smith struggled on Dallas' 17-play, 85-yard TD drive spanning nearly nine minutes, taking a poor pursuit angle on a Zeke Elliott run and getting caught in coverage on a third-and-long conversion, he quickly ducked into the blue medical tent on the sideline prior to heading to the locker room.
Aleady down one starter in Danny Trevathan, the Bears are left with special teamers Kevin Pierre-Louis and Josh Woods alongside yeoman worker Nick Kwiatkoski against the NFL's top-rated offense.
Smith was ruled out early in the second quarter, moments after the Bears responded with their own TD drive, capped by a Mitch Trubisky five-yard scoring strike to Allen Robinson, to knot it up at 7-all. Trubisky marched Chicago downfield on its opening drive, using a nice mix of scrambles and safe passes, prior to an ill-advised red-zone interception that appeared to be targeting Javon Wims. It was Trubisky's eighth interception this season, half of them coming in the red zone, and Dallas' first takeaway on 'D' in more than a month.
The Bears began Thursday down three starters on 'D' — Akiem Hicks, Danny Trevathan and Prince Amukamara — but are hanging tough, leading Dallas 17-7 at halftime. They tacked on a 36-yard Eddy Pineiro field goal before Trubisky found Robinson on their second scoring connection, eight yards over the middle on third-and-goal on the penultimate play from scrimmage before intermission. Chicago also gets the ball coming back out of the tunnel.