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Injury update: Amukamara in, Four other  Bears ruled out for Sunday


The Bears on Friday ruled four players out of Sunday's game in Green Bay: Receiver Taylor Gabriel (concussion), tight end Ben Braunecker (concussion), right tackle Bobby Massie (ankle) and linebacker Danny Trevathan (elbow).

Gabriel, Braunecker and Massie will miss their third straight games, while Trevathan will sit out his fifth consecutive contest.

In other injury news, receiver Javon Wims (knee) and defensive end Roy Robertson-Harris (foot) are listed as questionable after being limited in practice Friday with injuries they sustained in the Bears' last game—a 31-24 win over the Cowboys Thursday night, Dec. 5 at Soldier Field.

"The goal is to get [Wims and Robertson-Harris] ready and see where they're at," coach Matt Nagy said Friday after practice. "We'll kind of see here tomorrow and the next day. But they're arrow-up."

Receiver/return specialist Cordarrelle Patterson (head) and cornerback Prince Amukamara (hamstring) both practiced without restrictions Friday and were removed from the injury report.

Patterson was limited Thursday after landing hard on his head during practice, while Amukamara is expected to return after missing only one game.

"It's big because with some of the things [the Packers] do schematically, the wide receivers they have, Prince brings a lot of experience," Nagy said. "So having that experience out there against such a quality quarterback in Aaron [Rodgers], that's huge."

With Massie out, Cornelius Lucas is expected to make his third straight start at right tackle. The fifth-year pro has performed well when called upon this season, beginning Sept. 23 when he was informed during pregame warmups that he would start in place of Massie, who was suffering from vertigo.

"[Lucas] just does his job," Nagy said. "You go back to Washington, when we had that late scratch there with Bobby Massie. It was up to the minute, and all of a sudden Cornelius is going to go up against their best pass rusher in Ryan Kerrigan the whole game.

"He's a big guy, long-levered arms, has experience. And he just comes and does his job. He doesn't say much. I know he's not under-appreciated by us— but maybe others out there. For him to come in and do what he's doing, we feel like it's been huge for us."

Defensive tackle Akiem Hicks, meanwhile, is expected to be activated off injured reserve Saturday and play against the Packers after missing eight games with an elbow injury. Hicks has practiced each of the last weeks.

"With Akiem, none of it is live in practice, but we like what we're seeing with him," Nagy said. "We'll get together here this afternoon and keep y'all posted tomorrow as far as what we're going to do there with him. I like what I've seen all week long from him. We'll collaborate here today between him and us and make that decision here tomorrow."

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