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Injury Update: Hicks, Leno will be game-time decisions


Bears defensive tackle Akiem Hicks (hamstring) and left tackle Charles Leno Jr. (toe) both missed practice again Friday with injuries and will be game-time decisions Sunday night against the Packers.

The two veteran linemen are considered day-to-day and are listed as questionable on the injury report.

Quarterback Nick Foles missed practice all week with a hip injury and is doubtful. The Bears announced Friday that Mitchell Trubisky will start against the Packers. But Matt Nagy indicated that Foles would travel with the team and could serve as the No. 2 quarterback. If he's unable to, Tyler Bray would fill that role.

The Bears could be shorthanded on defense minus Hicks. The 6-4, 347-pounder exited the team's most recent game, a Nov. 16 Monday night loss to the Vikings, after injuring his hamstring late in the third quarter. Hicks has started all 10 games this season, registering 39 tackles, 3.5 sacks and seven tackles-for-loss.

"Akiem's an amazing player," said reserve defensive lineman Brent Urban. "He always makes a huge impact every time he's in there. But like a lot of teams have been doing this year, it's next man up with COVID and everything. Good teams have to win without their big players in at times. Obviously [it would be] a huge challenge. [Packers quarterback] Aaron Rodgers extends plays very well. You need to get pressure, you need to get interior push against them. Without Akiem it would be tough, but I think we're a deep group and we pride ourselves in playing good next-man-up football."

Leno, meanwhile, hurt his toe in Wednesday's practice. If he's unable to play, veteran Jason Spriggs likely would start against his former team at left tackle. Spriggs, who signed with the Bears this year, appeared in 36 games with nine starts over three seasons with Green Bay from 2016-18. 

Selected by Green Bay in the second round of the 2016 draft from Indiana, Spriggs played in all 16 games as a rookie with two starts, both at right guard. He also saw time at both tackle positions.

After spending the first half of the 2017 season on injured reserve with a hamstring injury, Spriggs was activated and appeared in seven games. The 6-6, 301-pounder started five straight contests at right tackle before injuring his knee in a Week 16 loss to the Vikings.

In 2018, Spriggs played in 13 games with two starts at right tackle. Last year he was waived/injured in August and then placed on injured reserve.

Spriggs has appeared in two games with the Bears this season, including one on offense when he played 65 snaps at right tackle in a Week 8 loss to the Saints after Bobby Massie exited with a knee injury.

In other injury news, nickel back Buster Skrine (ankle) is questionable after being limited in Friday's practice, while offensive lineman Rashaad Coward (ankle/knee) and special-teams standout Sherrick McManis (hand) are also questionable after being full participants in practice. 

Six Packers are questionable for Sunday night's game: Receivers Marquez Valdes-Scantling (Achilles) and Equanimeous St. Brown (knee); center Corey Linsley (back); running back Tyler Ervin (wrist/ribs); and cornerbacks Kenny King (Achilles) and Josh Jackson (concussion).

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Nine-year veteran QB, has played in 67 career regular season games with 55 starts, throwing for 13,753 yards, 81 TDs and 43 INTs; also has six postseason starts, throwing for 1,633 yards, 11 TDs and 5 INTs
Has an overall record of 32-29 as a starter, which includes a 28-27 mark in the regular season and 4-2 in six postseason starts
Named Super Bowl LII MVP after leading Philadelphia to its first Super Bowl championship in 2017
En route to capturing the Lombardi Trophy in 2017, Foles recorded a 100-plus passer rating in all three playoff games, posting 971 yards, six TDs and an NFL single-postseason record 72.6 completion percentage, and the third-highest passer rating in a single postseason in league history (115.7)
Is one of eight quarterbacks all-time to throw for an NFL-record seven touchdown passes in a single game (11/3/13 at OAK); the others include Sid Luckman (1943, Bears), Adrian Burk (1954, Eagles), George Blanda (1961, Houston Oilers), Y. A. Tittle (1962, Giants), Joe Kapp (1969, Vikings), Peyton Manning (2013, Broncos) and Drew Brees (2015, Saints)
Owns the highest passer rating in Eagles franchise history (93.2) and the sixth-highest in NFL postseason history (98.8)


*2018: *NFC Offensive Player of the Week (Week 16)
2017: Super Bowl LII MVP; awarded the ESPY for "Best Championship Performance" in July 2018 following his postseason and Super Bowl success
2013: Pro Bowl selection; NFC Offensive Player of the Month (November); NFC Offensive Player of the Week (Week 6, Week 9)

2020 SEASON (Bears):

Played in nine games with seven starts, completing 202 of 312 passes (64.7) for 1,852 yards, 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions
Saw his first action in relief in Week 3 at the Falcons; entered the game with 9:58 left in the third quarter and led the Bears back from a 26-10 deficit for the 30-26 win
In that game, Foles completed 16 of 29 passes for 188 yards, three touchdowns and one interception; tossed a 28-yard game-winner to Anthony Miller with 1:53 remaining; also added a 37-yard touchdown to Allen Robinson II in the fourth quarter 
Completed 30 of 42 passes for 243 yards with one TD and one INT in a 20-19 win over the Buccaneers in Week 5
Threw for 249 yards on 26 of 42 passing in Week 4 against the Colts with one TD and one INT
Threw for 261 yards in Week 7 at the Rams and a season-high 272 yards and two TDs in Week 8 vs. the Saints
Threw for a season-high 335 yards with two fourth-quarter touchdowns in the Week 9 loss at the Titans; tied a personal career high and Bears single-game record with 36 completions
Inactive for Week 12 at Green Bay with a hip injury

2019 SEASON (Jaguars):

Started four games, completing 77 of 117 passes (65.8%) for 736 yards, three TDs, two INTs and a passer rating of 84.6
Spent Weeks 2-9 on the reserve/injured list before being activated to the team's 53-man roster on Nov. 5, 2019
Made his first start for the Jaguars at QB, throwing for 75 yards on 5 of 8 passing and one TD for a QB rating of 132.8 before leaving the game due to injury (shoulder) vs. Kansas City 
Completed 33 of 47 passes (70.2%) for 296 yards, two TDs and one INT for a passer rating of 92.2 at the Colts
Completed 32 of 48 passes (66.7%) for 272 yards at the Titans

2018 SEASON (Eagles):

Started the final five games of the regular season, posting a 4-1 record and leading the Eagles to a playoff berth; completed 141 of 195 passes for 1,413 yards and seven TDs
Threw for 471 yards on 35 of 49 passing and recorded a season-high 120.4 passer rating vs. Houston
Tied an NFL record shared by QBs Phillip Rivers and Ryan Tannehill for the most consecutive completions (25) vs. Washington; Foles and Rivers are the only QBs to do so in a single game
Threw for 266 yards and two TDs in the Divisional round road win at Chicago; threw the game-winning touchdown to Golden Tate with :56 seconds remaining 

2017 SEASON (Eagles):

Started the final three games of the regular season, posting a 2-1 record, including a division-clinching road win at the Giants
Recorded a 100-plus passer rating in all three playoff games, posting 971 yards, six TDs and the highest completion percentage in NFL single-postseason history (72.6), and the third-highest passer rating in league history (115.7)
Became the third player in NFL history to record a postseason passing TD, rushing TD and receiving TD, joining QB Kordell Stewart (Steelers) and RB Freeman McNeil (Jets)
Completed 24 of 38 passes for 237 yards and four TDs and zero INTs en route to a 115.8 passer rating at the Giants
Clinched the NFC Championship title with a 352-yard performance, tallying three TDs and zero INTs vs. Minnesota
Threw for 373 yards and three TDs, earning Super Bowl LII MVP honors in the win over the Patriots
His 373 yards were the third-most among Super Bowl-winning QBs in league history
Became the first QB to catch a TD in the Super Bowl when he caught a 1-yard pass from Trey Burton on fourth down, known as the "Philly Special," which garnered an ESPY for "Best Play"

2016 SEASON (Chiefs):

Played in three games, starting one, throwing for 410 yards and three TDs

2015 SEASON (Rams):

Started in all 11 games that he played, throwing for 2,052 yards and seven TDs
Threw for 297 yards and one touchdown in a Week 1 win vs. Seattle
Tossed a season-high three touchdowns in a Week 4 win at Arizona

2014 SEASON (Eagles):

Posted a 6-2 record before suffering a broken collarbone and was placed on IR; threw for 325 yards and three TDs en route to a 114.4 passer rating vs. Washington

2013 SEASON (Eagles):

Started the final 10 games of the season, posting an 8-2 record en route to his first Pro Bowl appearance
Totaled 2,891 passing yards and recorded a 27-2 TD-INT ratio
Posted passer ratings of 100-plus in eight of his 10 starts and set a team record with 233 consecutive passes without an INT
Threw for 406 yards on 22 of 28 passing for a career-high seven TDs and zero INTs for a 158.2 passer rating at Oakland; became one of eight QBs in NFL history to throw seven TDs in a single game
Set a career-high 84 percent completion percentage on 21 of 25 passing for 230 yards in a 54-11 victory vs. Chicago

2012 SEASON (Eagles):

Started the final six games of the season, throwing for 1,699 yards and six TDs
Tallied a season-high 381 yards, including the game-winning, 1-yard TD pass as time expired, at Tampa Bay
Nick Foles
Hip Doubtful

In his sixth season with the Bears and 10th overall in 2021
Earned his first career Pro Bowl selection in 2018
Has started 101 of 129 games with 37.0 sacks, 68 TFLs, six forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries with the Saints (2012-15), Patriots (2015) and Bears (2016-20); also has played in six postseason games with four starts


2019: Ranked No. 39 on NFL's Top 100 list
2018: Named to the Pro Bowl (DT)
2016: Named Week 13 NFC Defensive Player of the Week

2020 SEASON (Bears):

Played in 15 games with 15 starts, missing the Week 12 game at the Packers with an injury
Recorded six tackles and two QBH in the Wild Card playoff game at the Saints
Had a team-high 21 QBHs on the season; recorded 3.5 sacks for minus-23.5 yards
Recorded 1.5 sacks in the Week 3 win at the Falcons, where he also had a career-high 5 QBHs; added 3 QBHs in the Week 15 win at Minnesota
Recorded 1.0 sack for minus-9 yards in the Week 1 win at Detroit; also had four tackles in that game with one QBH
Had his second sack of the season in the Week 2 win over the Giants to go along with three tackles
Season-high six tackles in Week 4 vs. the Colts, including one TFL and two QBH
Recovered a fumble and also added a TFL in the Week 6 win at the Panthers

2019 SEASON (Bears):

Started five games in which he played, recording 10 tackles, 1.0 sack, one fumble recovery and one TF
Placed on Injured Reserve on 10/15 after suffering an elbow injury against the Raiders in London
Activated from Injured Reserve on 12/14 and recorded four tackles and two QBH in Week 15 at GB

2018 SEASON (Bears):

Named to his first Pro Bowl after starting 16 games and recording 55 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 12 tackles for loss, five pass breakups and three forced fumbles
Recorded a career-high five tackles for loss vs. MIN (11/18
S)cored on a one-yard touchdown run at NYG (12/2)
Led team in tackles for loss and was second on the team in sacks
Recorded four tackles and one tackle for loss in Wild Card playoff game vs. PHI (1/6/19)

2017 SEASON (Bears):

Started all 16 games, recording 54 tackles, 15 TFLs, 2 fumble recoveries and a career-high 8.5 sacks for a loss of 57 yards
Recorded 20 QBHs, the most by a Chicago Bear in single-season since the stat was tracked in 2006

2016 SEASON (Bears):

Started all 16 games at DE, setting a career-high in tackles (71), sacks (7), pass breakups (3) and forced fumbles (2), 5 TFLs and recovered 1 fumble
Only defensive player to start every game

2015 SEASON (Saints/Patriots):

Appeared in 16 games, making 3 starts with the Patriots and Saints
Posted 23 tackles, 3.0 sacks, 5 TFLs and 1 FR
All 3 starts came with New Orleans, where he collected 2 assisted tackles
In 13 games with New England, notched 21 tackles, 3 sacks, 5 TFLs and 1 FR
Saw action in 2 playoff games, posting 3 tackles and 1 TFL

2014 SEASON (Saints):

Started 14-of-15 games, posting 41 tackles, 2 sacks and 7 TFLs
Placed on Injured Reserve prior the season finale

2013 SEASON (Saints): Started 16-of-16 games for the first time in his career

Posted then career-highs in tackles (56), sacks (4.5) and TFLs (8)
56 tackles were the most among the Saints defensive front
Started both of the Saints' postseason contests, notching 7 tackles and 0.5 sacks

2012 SEASON (Saints):

Appeared in 14 games with the Saints as a rookie, tallying 20 tackles, 1 pass breakup, 2 TFLs and 1 forced fumble
Akiem Hicks
Hamstring Questionable

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