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Bears coach Matt Nagy doesn’t think Akiem Hicks’ elbow injury is season-ending

The defensive lineman was healthy enough to start Sunday’s game against the Raiders. And then he hurt his left elbow.

Bears defensive lineman Akiem Hicks left Sunday’s game.
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LONDON — Defensive lineman Akiem Hicks, who missed his first game as a Bear last week with an injured right knee, returned to the field Sunday. Eight plays into the Bears’ 24-21 loss to the Raiders, though, he went to the sideline after suffering a grisly injury to his left elbow.

Hicks’ left arm was pinned between teammate Khalil Mack’s helmet and ball carrier Josh Jacobs’ pads during the Raiders’ first drive. He went to the Bears’ injury tent, then to the locker room in obvious pain and didn’t return.

Asked if Hicks’ elbow was dislocated — it appeared to pop out — coach Matt Nagy said he wouldn’t get into detail. But Nagy said he didn’t believe the injury was season-ending.

“I don’t think it is, but I don’t — again, I’ll get more [information] and find out more details,” he said. “He was in pain. You could see that. But we’ll get more answers here.”

Inside linebacker Danny Trevathan said the Bears wanted to play well for Hicks.

“He’s a fighter, man,” Trevathan said. “That guy, he fights to the end. I respect him — best D-lineman in the league. To go out there and give us that fight that was in him, we know that type of character that he has and the passion he has for the game.

“Just to see our brother down hurt, it felt bad, especially because we couldn’t put away the [win] for him.”

Safety Eddie Jackson said losing Hicks was worrisome.

“No matter if it’s a big or small injury, it takes a toll on you,” Jackson said. “With Akiem being one of our leaders on the team and the player he is in that front, it was a tough one for you.”

Roquan returns

As the Bears said he would, inside linebacker Roquan Smith started after missing last week’s game with what the team deemed a personal issue.

Smith, who declined to answer questions after the game, was second on the team with nine tackles.

This and that

Kicker Eddy Pineiro, who’s dealing with a pinched nerve in his right knee, limped off the field after Raiders defensive end Arden Key knocked him to the ground on the Bears’ last extra point in the third quarter.

He went to the injury tent but gave teammates a thumbs-up after trying one kick into the net. The Bears didn’t need him the rest of the game.

† Raiders guard Richie Incognito was called for a chop block in the second quarter, but the Bears thought there should have been more flags for the technique.

“I’m not a guy to make excuses,” Trevathan said, “but there was a lot out there.”

† The Bears were impressed by Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, which opened this year and hosted its first NFL game.

Cornerback Prince Amukamara was impressed by its cold tub, hot tub and grass surface. One deterrent to teams returning to London, though: The team bus doesn’t get police escorts, so it has to sit in traffic.

“That’s for the queen,” Amukamara said before smiling. “Maybe the prince.”