Bears' Akiem Hicks Returns To Practice

Hicks is eligible to return from injured reserve on Dec. 15 in Green Bay.

Chris Emma
December 01, 2019 - 1:10 pm

LAKE FOREST, (670 The Score) -- Bears defensive tackle Akiem Hicks returned to practice Sunday afternoon, his first step toward being activated off the injured reserve list.

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Hicks suffered a left elbow injury during the Bears' loss in London on Oct. 6. He was placed on injured reserve a week later with the team hopeful he could be designated for a return. The earliest Hicks could play would be Dec. 15 against the Packers in Green Bay.

"It was nice to see him out there on the field," Bears coach Matt Nagy said. "He's been on the sidelines, he's popping in and out. He's been around in meetings and all that. He's never left us. We've felt him, which is great."

The Bears' light practice didn't give an impression as to where Hicks is health-wise, Nagy said. The Bears also didn't make Hicks available for comment to reporters.

Hicks, 30, has one sack in four games this season. Before this long absence, he also missed the Bears' win over the Vikings on Sept. 29 due to a knee injury that he had suffered the week before.

The Bears have yet to designate any other player for a return from injured reserve. Teams are allowed to activate two players off injured reserve during the course of a season.

As the Bears (6-6) hold bleak playoff hopes, Nagy said the team's position won't affect a decision on Hicks returning -- perhaps in just two weeks.

"If Akiem is ready to play and ready to go for the Green Bay Packers game, then regardless of anything, we want him to be able to play," Nagy said.

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