Wondering about a player, a past game or another issue involving the Bears? Senior writer Larry Mayer answers a variety of questions from fans on ChicagoBears.com.
What is the status of Akiem Hicks? Will he be able to play this Sunday against the Lions? It was pretty clear how much the defense missed him in Green Bay.
Defensive tackle Akiem Hicks missed practice again Wednesday with the hamstring injury he suffered Nov. 16 against the Vikings. But the Bears are hopeful that he will be able to return after sitting out the loss to the Packers and start Sunday against the Lions. Here's what coach Matt Nagy said about Hicks Wednesday after practice: "I do feel like he's getting better. He'll be day-to-day, and I'm hoping that he'll be able to go."
UPDATE: Hicks returned to practice on a limited basis Thursday and "looked good," according to Nagy.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but hasn't Mitchell Trubisky played better against the Lions during his career than any other team?
Yes, that's what his statistics show. Mitchell Trubisky has thrown for more yards (1,601) and touchdowns (14) against the Lions than any other NFL team. Of course, with Detroit being an NFC North opponent, he's also played the most games versus the Lions (as well as fellow division rivals Green Bay and Minnesota with six apiece). In addition, Trubisky has more rushing yards (112) and attempts (21) against the Lions than any other opponent. He is 4-2 all-time as a starter against Detroit, losing both games in 2017 before winning one contest in 2018, two in 2019 and the season opener this year.
What young player who could see some more playing time the rest of the season are you most interested to watch?
I think that second-year center Sam Mustipher is an intriguing young player to watch. He was a three-year starter at Notre Dame who honed his skills on the Bears' practice squad last year after signing with the team as an undrafted free agent. Mustipher has played well in two recent starts and could be a real find for the Bears if he continues to develop. His emergence could help solidify the interior of the line heading into next season when James Daniels returns from the pectoral injury that landed him on injured reserve this year. If Mustipher continues to progress, I'd feel good about starting him at center with Daniels and Cody Whitehair at guard.
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