Jackson: Bears In Need Of Hicks' 'Dog Mentality'

Hicks was back at practice Sunday and could return to action Dec. 15.

Mully & Haugh Show
December 02, 2019 - 11:42 am

(670 The Score) Bears defensive lineman Akiem Hicks returned to practice Sunday for the first time since suffering a left elbow injury on Oct. 6, a development and sight that meant a lot to his teammates.

"It's huge, it's huge," safety Eddie Jackson said on the Mully & Haugh Show on Monday morning. "He's one of our biggest leaders since I walked through the door. When you get a guy like Akiem back on the field, everything just rises -- the energy, the mindset. The mindset he brings to the game, the practice field is just a dog mentality -- aggressive, grimy, physical guy. That right there is huge for us. We've been kind of missing that."

Hicks was placed on the injured reserve list after suffering his injury. Practicing Sunday was the first step toward being activated off injured reserve, and he's eligible to return when Chicago plays at Green Bay on Dec. 15. The Bears have expressed hope he'll be ready to return in that game.

Hicks has six tackles and one sack in four games and is a central figure in the Bears' ability to defend the run.

"Just to have him back, his presence to be back on the practice field, it just helps motivate and lifts everybody's spirit," Jackson said. "And knowing we'll have him most likely with the Green Bay game is another huge step for us. Because we're going to need him. We're definitely going to need him in this stretch."

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