■ Hicks ac­ti­vated and should face Pack­ers on Sun­day.

Out 2 months, stel­lar DT set to re­turn Sun­day vs. Pack­ers

Chicago Tribune (Sunday) - - CHICAGO SPORTS - By Colleen Kane

The Bears ac­ti­vated de­fen­sive tackle Akiem Hicks from in­jured re­serve Satur­day as they trav­eled to Green Bay to face the Pack­ers on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

Hicks hasn’t played in a game since he suf­fered a left el­bow in­jury Oct. 6 against the Raiders in London. He re­turned to prac­tice two weeks ago, and coach Matt Nagy seemed op­ti­mistic Fri­day he would be ready for game ac­tion.

“Whether it’s the train­ers, whether it’s

Akiem, whether it’s Ryan (Pace), my­self — (we’re) just de­cid­ing, is this the way we want to go? Is this what we want to do?” Nagy said. “I like what I’ve seen all week long from him. That’s a good thing. We want to get him out there.”

The 6-foot-4, 352-pound Hicks is an eight-year NFL vet­eran who made the Pro Bowl for the first time last sea­son. He had his only sack of the year and two of his three quar­ter­back hits in the opener against the Pack­ers on Sept. 5 at Sol­dier Field.

The Bears have re­mained a top-10 de­fense even with­out Hicks, but hav­ing him back at full strength could help this week against Aaron Rodgers. Hicks said he loves to play against the Pack­ers quar­ter­back and the chal­lenges he presents.

“His abil­ity to slip out of a sack, his abil­ity to keep his eyes down­field,” Hicks said. “Aaron Rodgers is one of the best quar­ter­backs to play in this league. You have to re­spect his ca­pa­bil­i­ties while re­mem­ber­ing that you’re here to put him on his back.”

To clear Hicks’ ros­ter spot, the Bears placed tight end Ben Brau­necker (con­cus­sion) on in­jured re­serve. They also an­nounced that wide re­ceiver Tay­lor Gabriel (con­cus­sion) and of­fen­sive line­man Bobby Massie (an­kle) did not travel with the team; both had been ruled out when the Bears re­leased their in­jury report Fri­day, as were Brau­necker and inside line­backer Danny Tre­vathan (el­bow).

BRIAN CASSELLA/CHICAGO TRI­BUNE

Bears de­fen­sive tackle Akiem Hicks is set to re­turn Sun­day against the Pack­ers in Green Bay.

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