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Hicks downgraded to out for Packers game

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Akiem Hicks had expressed hope Friday that he'd be able to return from an ankle injury that has sidelined him for three games and play Sunday night against the Packers. But the veteran defensive tackle was downgraded from questionable to out on Saturday.

The Bears on Saturday also downgraded safety Teez Tabor to out due to an illness and flexed outside linebacker Charles Snowden, an undrafted rookie, from the practice squad to the active roster.

The Bears offense, meanwhile, will benefit from the return of two key players. Neither Bears rookie quarterback Justin Fields or receiver Allen Robinson II were given injury designations Friday, meaning that they will both play against the Packers after missing multiple games with cracked ribs and an ankle injury, respectively.

Running back David Montgomery sat out practice Wednesday with shoulder, groin and glute injuries. After being limited Thursday, he was a full participant Friday and was not given an injury designation.

Others who were removed from the injury report after being unable to practice or limited earlier in the week included running back Damien Williams (calf), outside linebacker Trevis Gipson (illness), defensive tackle Angelo Blackson (knee), linebacker Christian Jones (back) and kicker Cairo Santos (illness).

Quarterback Andy Dalton (left hand) is doubtful and not expected to be available Sunday night, meaning that fellow veteran Nick Foles likely will serve as Fields' backup. Dalton injured his non-throwing hand in last Sunday's loss to the Cardinals while making a tackle following an interception, but he remained in the game.

"I could tell that he was in pain, but he gutted through it and it was not affecting his game," said coach Matt Nagy. "Guys play through some of those injuries and that was one that he was able to do that."

Dalton isn't expected to be available Sunday night because he has continued to experience pain and swelling that prevented him from practicing this week.

Receiver Marquise Goodwin is also doubtful with a foot injury that kept him from practicing Thursday and Friday.

Defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. (ribs) is also questionable for Sunday night's game after practicing without restrictions Thursday and Friday.

The only Bears player ruled out of Sunday night's game is outside linebacker Cassius Marsh Sr., who sustained a knee injury Thursday in practice. The Bears on Friday placed Marsh on injured reserve and promoted veteran outside linebacker Bruce Irvin from the practice squad to the active roster.

Irvin was signed to the practice squad Nov. 19. He was flexed up to the active roster last Saturday and made his Bears debut against the Cardinals, playing 17 snaps on defense and registering one tackle.

Prior to joining the Bears, Irvin had appeared in 121 NFL games with 92 starts in nine seasons with the Seahawks (2012-15, 2020), Raiders (2016-18), Falcons (2018) and Panthers (2019), recording 308 tackles, 52.0 sacks, 64 tackles-for-loss, three interceptions, 16 forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

With the Bears visiting the rival Packers Sunday night, senior writer Larry Mayer ranks the top 10 Bears players who have also suited up for Green Bay.

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Larry Mayer

Bears Senior Writer

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