The Bears on Saturday night ruled Akiem Hicks out of Sunday night's game against the Chiefs due to an elbow injury. The star defensive tackle had previously been ruled questionable in Friday's final injury report of the week.
Hicks injured his elbow Oct. 6 in a loss to the Raiders in London. After missing eight games, he returned last Sunday in Green Bay, registering four tackles and two quarterback hits in a defeat to the Packers.
On multiple occasions, Hicks aggravated the injury and exited the game. But each time the 6-4, 352-pounder returned to the field.
"You could really feel his presence out there," said defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano. "He made a bunch of plays. He impacted the game, wrecked the game just like he used to do when he was healthy.
"He probably played more snaps that we anticipated, but he was rolling. He was doing great. That's a credit to our trainers. It's a credit to him for doing the right thing while he was out and maintaining and managing his cardio and his conditioning because you can't replicate that."
Cornerback Prince Amukamara, meanwhile, was limited in practice Friday due to a hamstring injury and is also listed as questionable. He sat out parts of the Packers game and missed the Bears' win over the Cowboys the week before due to the injury.
First-year pro Kevin Toliver II, who joined the Bears in 2018 as an undrafted free agent from LSU, has filled in for Amukamara. Toliver recorded seven tackles and one pass breakup while playing 72 of 73 snaps against the Cowboys and two tackles and one pass breakup while being on the field for 31 of 59 plays versus the Packers.
"When he has gotten his opportunity, he has gone out there and done some good things," Pagano said. "It's never perfect. It's a hard job. He's doing a nice job with the reps that he's getting."
For the Chiefs, cornerback Morris Claiborne (shoulder) and guard Andrew Wylie (illness/ankle/shoulder) will not play Sunday night at Soldier Field.