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Bears Injury Updates: Another OL Goes Down, Akiem Hicks Not Practicing

The Bears personnel is thinning as injuries continue to pile up.

Akiem Hicks Chicago Bears
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It wouldn’t be a 2021 Chicago Bears’ training camp update without an offensive lineman getting hurt. Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reported Tuesday morning that offensive tackle Badara Traore suffered a knee injury and exited the field in a cart.

The recent addition of veteran left tackle Jason Peters provides a small space cushion for the Bears, but yet another injury to the offensive line is even more detrimental. Peters is officially a member of the Chicago Bears but is still going through the COVID-19 protocol before joining the team.

Akiem Hicks

Akiem Hicks is not practicing
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Furthermore, Akiem Hicks is not practicing. Biggs reported that Hicks was spotted stretching before being removed from practice completely.

The verdict is still out on Hicks’s absence because there apparently wasn’t any injury observed. Head coach Matt Nagy was spotted having a discussion with the Bears head trainer and also taking a phone call before Hicks was removed from practice. These circumstances could indicate a positive COVID-19 test or a close contact situation for Hicks, but the team has yet to provide an official update on the veteran defensive lineman.

Additional Updates

Cornerback Tre Roberson is not practicing today either. Bears’ sideline reporter Mark Grote reports that Roberson is dealing with a knee injury.

Grote also reported that Matt Nagy says running back David Montgomery is “good to go” and should be returning to practice.

The good news about Montgomery is welcome at this point, but the Bears losing another offensive lineman and Hicks not practicing are concerning developments. There is still no word on the status of Teven Jenkins either. He will more than likely miss the Bears’ second preseason game against the Bills on Saturday considering he hasn’t taken the practice field to date in training camp.


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