Bears DL Akiem Hicks returns to practice

Hicks dislocated his left elbow in the Bears’ 24-21 loss to the Raiders on Oct. 6 in London.

SHARE Bears DL Akiem Hicks returns to practice
Green Bay Packers v Chicago Bears

Bears defensive lineman Akiem Hicks hurt his left elbow against the Raiders in London.

Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Pro Bowl defensive lineman Akiem Hicks returned to the practice field Sunday, beginning his return back from injury that could culminate in him taking the field against the Packers in two weeks.

Hicks dislocated his left elbow in the Bears’ 24-21 loss to the Raiders on Oct. 6 in London. He left in the first quarter when his left elbow, pinned between teammate Khalil Mack’s helmet and running back Josh Jacobs, bent in the wrong direction.

The team put him on injured reserve Oct. 15, making him eligible to return to practice on Wednesday and to play in games Dec. 15 at the Packers.

He was in uniform but sitting on a bench in the portion of practice open to the media.

Bears coach Matt Nagy said Hicks was unable to do “a whole lot” during practice, but said the team’s practice was light anyway.

“It’s nice to see him out there on the field,” Nagy said. “He’s been on the sidelines ... He’s never left us. We’ve felt him.”

Nagy said Hicks will play against the Packers if he feels good enough, and that his participation will not have anything to do with whether the Bears are in the playoff hunt or not. Their game against the Cowboys on Thursday should determine whether the Bears can cling to a glimmer of hope.

The Latest
Fritz Pollard was the first Black head coach in the NFL, one of the first two Black players in the NFL, the first Black football player at Brown University and the first Black player in the Rose Bowl.
Ryan Hilinski’s TD pass to Jacob Gill was NU’s only score
Heyward delivered the lineup card and was treated to a one-minute video in the middle of the fourth inning
Team wins sixth straight game, but Ross warns late-season success not a guarantee of 2023 success
Edward Neequaye and the Lane defense nearly posted a shutout, only allowing Clark a special teams touchdown on the way to a 24-8 win that clinched the Champions’ first Illinois High School Association state playoff appearance since 2013.