■ Bears rule out Hicks for game against Chiefs.

Chicago Tribune (Sunday) - - CHICAGO SPORTS - By Brad Biggs

The games­man­ship the Bears play with their 46-man game-day ros­ter ex­tends to games against Matt Nagy’s clos­est friends.

The team spent the week say­ing ev­ery­one avail­able would play Sun­day against the Chiefs, but the Bears an­nounced Satur­day night that de­fen­sive line­man Akiem Hicks is out for the prime-time matchup at Sol­dier Field.

Hicks re­turned from in­jured re­serve to play against the Pack­ers on Sun­day when the Bears’ play­off hopes were slim but still alive. He started and was on the field for 36 of 59 de­fen­sive snaps, wear­ing a pro­tec­tive brace on his left el­bow that he in­jured dur­ing a Week 5 loss to the Raiders on Oct. 6 in Lon­don.

Hicks to­taled four tack­les and two quar­ter­back hits Sun­day, but his pres­ence meant more than his con­tri­bu­tion on the stat sheet.

“He im­pacted the game,” de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Chuck Pagano said. “Just wrecks the game just like he used to do when he was healthy.”

Hicks was not listed on the in­jury re­port this week un­til Fri­day, when the Bears des­ig­nated him as ques­tion­able. He was listed as a full par­tic­i­pant in prac­tice dur­ing the week. Ob­vi­ously they didn’t want to tip off the Chiefs and coach Andy Reid — Nagy’s men­tor — in ad­vance that Hicks would not be suit­ing up.

“It’s just mak­ing sure that I do the right thing for my body and mak­ing sure that I don’t go out there and hurt my­self more,” Hicks said dur­ing the week. “I’m sure that’s on the mind of my coaches and GM. So we’re han­dling the sit­u­a­tion the best we know how. And it’s a bat­tle be­tween mak­ing sure a guy can go out there and com­pete and mak­ing sure that a guy is healthy. So we’re work­ing that line and try­ing to make sure re­hab is go­ing well and that I’m in the right place.”

Hicks did not have surgery on the el­bow af­ter suf­fer­ing the in­jury.

“That’s what we want to avoid,” he said. “We want to avoid putting it in a sit­u­a­tion where I would have to. But as of now, the heal­ing process has been good. My body has done a good job. And on top of that, we’ve had a great re­hab team work­ing on it. So we’re in a good place. It’s just mak­ing sure it doesn’t get dam­aged any fur­ther.”

With noth­ing to play for in terms of the post­sea­son, the Bears de­cided not to put Hicks at risk. That means it’s un­likely the 30-year-old will play in the Week 17 sea­son fi­nale at Min­nesota.

JOSE M. OSORIO/CHICAGO TRI­BUNE

Bears de­fen­sive tackle Akiem Hicks walks off the field dur­ing the fourth quar­ter against the Pack­ers last week at Lam­beau Field. He won’t play Sun­day against the Chiefs.

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