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Bears notebook: Akiem Hicks, Allen Robinson return to practice

Hicks (ankle) and Robinson (hamstring) have missed the last three games. But running back David Montgomery did not practice with shoulder, groin and glute injuries.

Bears running back David Montgomery (32) had 21 carries for 90 yards and a touchdown and also had eight receptions for 51 yards against the Cardinals on Sunday at Soldier Field.
Bears running back David Montgomery (32) had 21 carries for 90 yards and a touchdown and also had eight receptions for 51 yards against the Cardinals on Sunday at Soldier Field.
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Bears defensive end Akiem Hicks and wide receiver Allen Robinson returned to practice Wednesday, but running back David Montgomery was a surprise addition to the injury list and did not practice.

Hicks (ankle) and Robinson (hamstring) have missed the last three games with injuries suffered against the Steelers on Nov. 8. Both were limited at practice Wednesday. Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (foot), who did not play against the Cardinals, also was limited.

Montgomery appeared fine after a yeoman’s performance in the loss against the Cardinals — 21 carries for 90 yards and a touchdown and eight receptions for 51 yards. But he missed practice with a series of injuries — his shoulder, groin and glute — that were not mentioned by coach Matt Nagy earlier Wednesday.

Defensive end Trevis Gipson (illness), kicker Cairo Santos (illness) and tight end Jimmy Graham (maintenance) did not practice. Defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. (ribs), linebacker Christian Jones (back) and running back Damien Williams (calf) were limited.

Quarterback Justin Fields practiced in full after missing last week’s game with cracked ribs. Backup Andy Dalton did not practice because of an injury to his left (non-throwing) hand. Nick Foles did second-string work, but Dalton still could be the backup to Fields against the Packers. He played through the injury against the Cardinals. “He was really tough for doing that,” Nagy said.

Quinn’s 12th sack

Outside linebacker Robert Quinn was belatedly given a sack by NFL statistics — his 12th of the season — for his tackle of quarterback Kyler Murray for a six-yard loss on the Cardinals’ first play from scrimmage.

It initially was not recorded as a sack because Murray lost the ball as he tried to throw. But because Murray tried to advance the ball after recovering, Quinn got the sack. The 12 sacks are the second-highest in his career. He had 19 with the Rams in 2013.

Raiola to Nebraska

Bears assistant offensive line coach Donovan Raiola was hired as the offensive line coach at Nebraska under Scott Frost.

Raiola, who has been with the Bears since 2018, is still with the team and details of his departure are still being worked out, Nagy said. Raiola’s brother, Dominic Raiola, was a Rimington Trophy-winning center at Nebraska before a 14-year career with the Lions.

“When you have a guy that works as hard as these coaches do,” Nagy said, “and put in a lot of time doing some of the dirty work and then you get rewarded with a great opportunity like this, it was pretty neat being able to go through that process with Donny. He’s worked hard for that. We’re really happy for him.”

Coat drive

The Bears’ 33rd annual coat drive — the pet project of Bears equipment manager par excellence Tony Medlin — opened Tuesday through Jan. 9. Fans can drop off new and lightly used coats at 24 Salvation Army select Family Store locations in the Chicago area. To find the nearest location, visit ChicagoBears.com/CoatDrive.