Chicago Bears: More concerning absence Danny Trevathan or Roquan Smith?

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 02: Roquan Smith
ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 02: Roquan Smith /

The Chicago Bears have started training camp without their two starting inside linebackers. Which needs to return to the field faster?

One of the more hyped up units heading into training camp for the Chicago Bears was the inside linebacker group. There was youth, veterans, and four players with interesting storylines to follow. Two days into training camp, there have been two very interesting storylines to follow from this corps. Unfortunately for all of the wrong reasons.

Danny Trevathan and Roquan Smith have missed the first two days of camp. Trevathan has missed time with a hamstring issue, Smith is holding out due to a contract dispute.

With the two biggest names of the group, a veteran leader and a rookie top ten pick on the sideline it does the raise the question of which status is more alarming?

For Smith, he of course appears to be healthy. He went through OTAs healthy, and he also has a copy of the playbook. His situation should be signing a sheet of paper followed by plug and play success.

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On the other hand, this is a rookie who needs to adjust to the speed of the game. Every snap he gets at this early stage helps to slow things down for him and gets him acclimated to who is around him and how to move and communicate off of that. Then, there is Joey Bosa, who held out of camp recently as a rookie and missed the first four games of his career because of it. Could the Bears see a similar story with Smith?

For Trevathan, he is the veteran. He does not need to get comfortable in the defense, he is a building block of the defense. Still, Trevathan does not have a clean record of health. Leg injuries have followed him around, and it is almost no surprise to hear him missing time with a hammy. Trevathan was excited for this offseason as he has typically spent offseasons rehabbing rather than building on his game.

He spent this summer healthy and building on his game. Now, when he has the chance to show it, he gets hurt. So, it appears once again Trevathan will be building back to who he was rather than building on it.

So, each comes into camp disappointing for their own variety of reasons. Who do you think is missing more valuable time? Who may have a disappointing year based on their early season development?