Bears rule out DL Akiem Hicks for game vs. Packers

Hicks sprained an ankle late in the Bears’ loss Nov. 8 to the Steelers.

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Chicago Bears defensive end Akiem Hicks looks at the score board during the second half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) ORG XMIT: OTKNH701

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The Bears on Saturday ruled out defensive lineman Akiem Hicks for their game Sunday against the Packers. The announcement came less than 24 hours after Hicks said the plan was for him to play.

Hicks sprained an ankle late in the Bears’ loss Nov. 8 to the Steelers. He had not practiced since the injury before being limited Wednesday. He had the same designation Thursday and was a full participant Friday, when he was listed as questionable for the game.

It wasn’t until last week that the swelling in Hicks’ ankle reduced enough for him to run.

Hicks rushed back from a groin injury to face the Packers in October. He returned from a dislocated elbow to play the Packers two years ago.

‘‘Beating the guy across town, you like to have bragging rights,’’ he said Friday. ‘‘You like to be able to talk trash. That’s what we play sports for — to compete and have fun.’’

Hicks will be eligible for free agency next spring and likely will sign elsewhere in the offseason.

The Bears also ruled out safety Teez Tabor with an illness and promoted rookie outside linebacker Charles Snowden from the practice squad.

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