In addition to losing Sunday’s game against the Raiders, the Bears played most of the contest without defensive lineman Akiem Hicks.
And while Bears Head Coach Matt Nagy could not give a full report regarding Hicks’ injury, what he provided was a glimmer of optimism during his post-game press conference:
#Bears coach Matt Nagy wouldn’t elaborate when asked if Akiem Hicks dislocated his elbow. Said he was in a lot of pain. Asked if it was season-ending, Nagy said he’d always optimistic and didn’t think so
— Patrick Finley (@patrickfinley) October 6, 2019
In case you missed it, this is what the injury looked like early in the first quarter:
— Bears Barroom (@BearsBarroom) October 6, 2019
Hicks, who was already playing through a knee injury that sidelined him last week, was hurt on the Bears’ first defensive possession. Eight plays into the game, Hicks walked off the Tottenham Hotspur Stadim turf favoring his left arm in what was ultimately deemed an elbow injury. Initially, Hicks was ruled as questionable to return, but was downgraded to doubtful later in the contest. As we know, Hicks did not come back into the game.
The Bears rush defense missed Hicks as the unit watched Raiders star rookie running back Josh Jacobs gain 123 yards and score two touchdowns. But at least the team has some time to re-group with the bye. Hopefully, Hicks’ elbow injury isn’t one that will keep him down for long.