Bears head coach Matt Nagy said Friday he's hopeful defensive lineman Akiem Hicks can return to practice this week.
Hicks suffered a dislocated elbow in Week 5's game against the Oakland Raiders and landed on injured reserve Oct. 15. NFL requires players to spend a minimum of eight weeks on IR before they can be activated. This means the earliest Hicks can return to game action is Week 15, when the Bears take on the Packers in Green Bay (Dec. 15).
The Bears' defense hasn't been the same without Hicks, who has six tackles and a sack in four games this season. They also lost linebacker Danny Trevathan to a gruesome elbow injury in Week 10, leaving them without two of their top defensive players.
Whether Hicks comes off IR for the Green Bay game is to be seen, but returning to practice would be a big step in the right direction.
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The Chicago Bears continue to be well-represented on the NFL 100 All-Time Team with three more additions to the roster Friday night: George Halas (coach), Dan Fortmann (offensive line) and Mike Ditka (tight end).
Halas' Bears coaching career spanned four decades and 324 wins. As the founder of the Bears and one of the NFL's original owners, his name is synonymous with the history of the league.
Halas is one of 10 coaches who will be selected to the All-Time Team. The coaches revealed so far include Bill Belichick, Tom Landry, Chuck Knoll, Vince Lombardi, Curly Lambeau, Joe Gibbs and Paul Brown.
Ditka was one of five tight ends chosen for the historic roster after a career that included five Pro Bowls in six years with the Bears. He last played for Chicago in 1966 but still holds the team records for career receptions, yards and touchdowns for a Bears tight end. He's also one of the franchise's all-time greatest personalities after leading the Bears to their only Super Bowl win as head coach in 1985.
Forttman, a seven-time Pro Bowler in the late-30s and early-40s, played guard for the Bears and was named to the 1940s All-Decade Team.
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