Bears Place DT Akiem Hicks On IR, Promote OL Alex Bars


The Chicago Bears announced Tuesday that they’ve placed DT Akiem Hicks on injured reserve with an elbow injury and promoted OL Alex Bars to their active roster.

  • The Bears also signed DL Fadol Brown to their practice squad.

Here’s the Bears updated practice squad:

  1. DB Stephen Denmark
  2. TE Jesper Horsted
  3. WR Thomas Ives
  4. DB Michael Joseph
  5. OL Sam Mustipher
  6. RB Ryan Nall
  7. RB Kerrith Whyte
  8. QB Tyler Bray
  9. TE Dax Raymond
  10. DL Fadol Brown

Hicks, 29, is a former third-round pick of the Saints back in 2012. He was traded to the Patriots back in 2015.

After playing out his rookie contract, Hicks signed a two-year, $10 million contract with the Bears. Chicago later agreed to a four-year, $48 million extension that included $30 million guaranteed in 2017. 

In 2019, Hicks has appeared in four games for the Bears and recorded six tackles, one sack and a fumble recovery.

Brown, 26, originally signed on with the Raiders as an undrafted free agent out of Mississippi back in May of last year. He was later re-signed to Oakland’s practice squad and brought back on a futures contract.

The Packers claimed Brown off of waivers last year and brought him back on an exclusive rights contract this past offseason.

In 2019, Brown has appeared in four games for the Packers, but has yet to record a statistic.

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