Bears Noncommittal On Akiem Hicks' Potential Return

The Bears placed Hicks on injured reserve due to an elbow injury.

Chris Emma
October 16, 2019 - 1:26 pm

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (670 The Score) -- After placing defensive lineman Akiem Hicks on injured reserve Tuesday with an elbow injury, the Bears were noncommittal about whether he will be able to return this season.

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Hicks' placement on injured reserve means he'll miss at least the next eight games. The Bears (3-2) had initially expressed hope that Hicks could be designated for a return from injured reserve, but coach Matt Nagy on Wednesday declined to speculate on whether that will indeed happen.

"There is a chance, but there's a chance he doesn't," Nagy said.

"If he ends up coming back, it ends up being the Green Bay game (December 15)."

Teams are allowed to designate two players for a potential return but aren't required to do so in advance. The Bears also recently placed guard Kyle Long on injured reserve with a hip injury. Nagy has confirmed Long won't return this season.

The 29-year-old Hicks suffered the elbow injury just eight plays into the the Bears' loss to the Raiders in London on Oct. 6 as teammate Khalil Mack rammed into it. The Bears haven't confirmed whether Hicks dislocated the elbow. The Bears don't believe Hicks will need surgery, he said.

Signed to the Bears in 2016, Hicks has never missed a game during his tenure with the team. His first absence will come Sunday as the Bears host the Saints (5-1), Hicks' former team.

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