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Injury Update: Robinson, Hicks listed as questionable

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Receiver Allen Robinson II (ankle) and defensive tackle Akiem Hicks (groin) returned to practice on a limited basis Friday after sitting out Wednesday and Thursday and are listed as questionable for Sunday's NFC North showdown against the Packers.

Robinson played in all 16 games in both 2019 and 2020 and has started all five contests this year, catching 17 passes for 181 yards and one touchdown. He injured his ankle in last Sunday's win over the Raiders but remained in the game.

Hicks missed the Raiders contest after hurting his groin a week earlier on the defense's first play in a victory over the Lions. He practiced Friday for the first time since suffering the injury.

Return specialist/receiver Jakeem Grant Sr. (groin) is also questionable after being limited in practice Thursday and Friday. After being acquired in a trade with the Dolphins, the six-year veteran made his Bears debut last Sunday in Las Vegas, averaging 19.0 yards on two punt returns and 23.0 yards on three kickoff returns.

Running back Damien Williams was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday and is not expected to play Sunday, according to coach Matt Nagy. With David Montgomery on injured reserve with a knee injury, rookie sixth-round pick Khalil Herbert appears to be the next man up in the Bears' depleted backfield.

Nagy was asked if he feels more comfortable with Herbert shouldering a bigger load after he rushed for 75 yards on 18 carries last weekend against the Raiders.

"I would say yes," Nagy said. "Last week we didn't know how that was going to go for him. I thought he did a great job.

"Coach [Michael] Pitre has done an amazing job of getting these guys ready. It's not easy, but this entire time—from OTAs to training camp until now—he's been awesome. He's built these relationships with these guys. He's prepped them. That's a huge part of development as a coach, and here we are with the situation we're in for Khalil. He gets an opportunity and the other guys, too, same thing."

The only two players the Bears have officially ruled out of Sunday's game are tight end J.P. Holtz (quad) and linebacker Caleb Johnson (knee).

Outside linebacker Khalil Mack is listed as questionable after being held out of practice all week with a foot injury he sustained two weeks ago against the Lions. The injury didn't stop Mack from dominating against his former team last Sunday in Las Vegas.

Six other Bears are questionable after being full participants in Friday's practice: Running back Ryan Nall (ankle); linebacker Joel Iyiegbuniwe (hamstring); cornerbacks Duke Shelley (ankle), Artie Burns (foot) and Xavier Crawford (back); and safety Eddie Jackson (knee).

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PlayerInjuryGame status
PRO CAREER:


Signed by the Bears in May of 2021 as an undrafted free agent out of Houston Baptist University
Played in 14 games as a rookie in 2021; primarily on special teams


2021 SEASON (Bears):


Played in 14 games as a rookie, tallying seven special teams tackles and one fumble recovery
Made his NFL debut in Week 1 vs. the Rams
Recorded three special teams tackles (two solo) in the Week 4 win over the Lions
Notched a tackle in the Week 5 win at the RaidersRecorded a tackle and helped hold the Lions to 239 total net yards on offense Week 12, a season low by a Bears opponent
Caleb Johnson
KneeOut
PRO CAREER:


Finished his second season with the Bears in 2020 after playing in nine games as a rookie in 2019
Has played in 31 career games with nine starts over three seasons
Has 50 tackles (37 solo) and four pass breakups to his name


2021 SEASON (Bears):


Played in seven of the 11 games he was active in
Recorded 35 tackles (28 solo) and four PDs on the season
Recorded six tackles (five solo) in the Bears home-opener win vs. the Bengals
Logged six tackles in Week 3 at the Browns
Recorded five tackles and one PD in the Week 4 win over the Lions
Notched five solo tackles, two special teams tackles and one PD Week 9 at the Steelers
Logged four tackles (three solo) in the Week 16 win at Seattle


2020 SEASON (Bears):


Played in 11 games in 2020 with two starts; inactive for Weeks 1-3, 6-8; made starts in Week 15 at the Vikings and Week 17 vs. the Packers
Made his first appearance of the season on special teams in Week 4 vs. the Colts
Recorded one special teams tackle in Week 9 at the Titans
Saw significant time on defense in Week 14 vs. the Texans, filling in for the injured Buster Skrine; recorded three total tackles and one PD
Made his first career start in Week 15 win at the Vikings, recording a career-high seven tackles
Saw action on defense in the Wild Card playoff game at the Saints, recording one tackle and one PD


2019 SEASON (Bears):


Appeared in nine games as a reserve in his rookie season
Inactive for Weeks 5-12
Duke Shelley
AnkleQuestionable
PRO CAREER:


Two-time Pro Bowl selection (2018, 2019)
Has started all 76 games in which he has played in his career, missing just two games in 2018
Has six defensive touchdowns in his career, the most in the NFL since he entered the league in 2017; the first two came in the same game vs. CAR (10/22/17), a 75-yard fumble return and a 76-yard interception return; his third score was a 65-yard fumble return at BUF (11/4/18); fourth was a 27-yard interception return vs. MIN (11/18/18); the fifth was the very next week, a 41-yard interception return at DET on Thanksgiving (11/22/18); the sixth was an 8-yard fumble return at the LAR (10/26/20)
Owns 31 passes defensed, six fumble recoveries (three returned for TDs), 10 interceptions (three returned for TDs) and eight FF
His 76-yard INT and 75-yard fumble recovery for touchdowns vs. CAR (10/22/17) made him the first player in NFL history to return both a fumble recovery and interceptions 75+ yard touchdowns in the same game; also made him the first rookie in NFL history with multiple 75+ yard defensive touchdowns in the same game
Since 1970, he is the only other player with 3+ defensive touchdowns of 65+ yards in a 2-season span is Deion Sanders (3 in 1994)


HONORS:

2019: Pro Bowl Selection; ranked No. 30 on NFL's Top 100
2018: Pro Bowl, AP All-Pro, Sporting News All-Pro, PFWA All-NFL, NFC Defensive Player of the Week (Week 12 at DET), NFC Defensive Player of the Month (November)
2017: NFC Defensive Player of the Week (Week 7 vs. CAR)

2021 SEASON (Bears):


Started in 14 games, recording 76 tackles, four TFLs, two PDs and one FF
Recorded his eighth career forced fumble in the Week 2 home-opener win over the Bengals
Notched six tackles (four solo) in Week 3 vs. the Browns
Recorded eight tackles (six solo) in Week 6 vs. the Packers
Logged a season-high 11 total tackles vs. the Buccaneers, which also matches his career high (11/3/19, at PHI); he also surpassed 300 career tackles in the third quarter
Returned from an injury and recorded three tackles in the Week 12 win at the Lions
Logged five tackles and one TFL Week 13 vs. the Cardinals
Tied LB Roquan Smith and CB Artie Burns with a team-high nine tackles (seven solo) Week 14 at the Packers and recorded his first PD of the season
Contributed six solo tackles to the Bears Week 16 win at Seattle
Notched eight tackles and one TFL in the Week 17 win vs. the Giants


2020 SEASON (Bears):


Started all 16 games, recording 82 tackles, one TFL, three FF and five PD
Recorded a scoop-and-score touchdown on an 8-yard fumble return in Week 7 at the Rams, the sixth touchdown of his career and the third FR for touchdown; also had a season-high nine tackles
Recorded six tackles, including five solo, in the Week 1 win at Detroit; deflected a Matthew Stafford pass late in the fourth quarter that led to a Kyle Fuller interception, setting up Chicago's game-winning drive in the final minute
Eight tackles (seven solo) in the win over the Giants in Week 2; had a pick-6 called back due to penalty
Forced a fumble in the Week 6 win at the Panthers; had another pick-6 called back due to penalty
Tailled seven tackles and forced a fumble in Week 10 vs. Minnesota
Recorded six solo tackles in the Wild Card playoff game at the Saints


2019 SEASON (Bears):


Pro Bowl selection for the second straight yea
Started all 16 games, recording 60 tackles, five passes defensed, two interceptions, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, one sack and five TFLs
Tied his career-high with 10 tackles at Denver (9/15) before besting that with 11 tackles at PHI (11/3
Recorded game-clinching interceptions in Week 13 at Detroit and in Week 17 at Minnesota


2018 SEASON (Bears):


Selected to his first Pro Bowl and named to the Associated Press All-Pro team after finishing fourth in the NFL with six interceptions
Started 14 games (inactive Games 15-16), recording 51 tackles, 14 pass defenses, six interceptions (two returned for a TD), one sack, one tackle for loss, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery (returned for a TD)
5-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown at BUF was his second career fumble recovery for a touchdown
Recorded first career sack vs. Seattle (9/17)
Active, but did not play in Wild Card playoff game vs. Philadelphia (1/6/19)


2017 SEASON (Bears):


Started all 16 games as a rookie, recording 70 tackles, 6 pass defenses, 3 fumble recoveries (1 returned for TD), 2 interceptions (1 returned for TD), 1 FF and 1 TFL
Jackson's 76-yard INT and 75-yard fumble recovery for touchdowns vs. CAR (10/22) made him the first player in NFL history to return both a fumble recovery and an INT 75+ yard TDs in the same game; also made him the first rookie in NFL history with multiple 75+ yard defensive touchdowns in the same game
His 75-yard fumble recovery was 3rd-longest in Bears history
Week 7 performance earned him NFC Defensive Player of the Week Honors
Recorded multiple tackles in 13 of 16 games
Eddie Jackson
KneeQuestionable

Bears receivers coach Mike Furrey will not attend Sunday's game due to COVID-19 protocols. His role will be filled by assistant receivers coach Chris Jackson.

For the Packers, cornerback Kevin King (shoulder) is out; tackle Dennis Kelly (back) is doubtful; and guard Elgton Jenkins (ankle) and receiver Malik Taylor (illness) are questionable.

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