A stout Bears defense is seeing one of its best players return to the lineup in time for an overseas showdown.
Defensive end Akiem Hicks is *NOT* among the Bears’ listed inactive, which means he is in line to play in this afternoon’s game against the Raiders. Hicks sat out of Chicago’s Week 4 win against Minnesota while nursing a knee injury suffered in the second half of the team’s Week 3 win at Washington. Statistically speaking, the Bears didn’t miss Hicks as they still found a way to stuff Dalvin Cook and the Vikings’ running game. But let’s be real with each other — having Hicks in the lineup is better than not having him in the field and on the lineup.
Right guard Kyle Long is also not on the inactives list, which means he will start against the Raiders. Long was lined up to play against the Vikings last week before his hip injury flared up and caused a setback in his recovery. Ted Larsen and Rashaad Coward (in relief of Larsen) held it together against a pretty solid Vikings defensive line. And even though Long hasn’t played to his full potential in the early part of the season, he could round into form at any time. Getting to that place starting in Week 5 would be a solid start.
As for the players who aren’t active on the game-day roster, here they are:
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) October 6, 2019
Larsen (knee), Mitch Trubisky (non-throwing shoulder), Taylor Gabriel (concussion), Bilal Nichols (hand), and Joel Iyiegbuniwe (hamstring) are all out of action on Sunday. Rookie cornerback Duke Shelley is a healthy scratch, with second-year undrafted defensive back Kevin Toliver II taking his place as secondary depth and on special teams (where Shelley has made a handful of penalties).
As for the Raiders, two key cogs have been officially sidelined:
#Raiders have Tyrell Williams, their best receiver, and first-round pick Clelin Ferrell out today. This could get ugly.
— Patrick Finley (@patrickfinley) October 6, 2019
We’ll have more for you later this morning when Pre-Gamin’ rolls out.