The Chicago Bears flew to London yesterday afternoon after practicing at Halas Hall, then after settling in and hopefully getting a good night’s sleep, they held their Friday practice this afternoon at Allianz Park in London, England. There wasn’t any surprises on the official injury report, but it was noteworthy that tight end Trey Burton practiced in full the entire week, and for the first time this season does not appear on the injury report. Also getting a full go at practice was kicker Eddy Pineiro, so the pinched nerve in his knee is apparently healed up. One more previously injured Bear that is off the report this week is starting right guard Kyle Long.
The Bears do list four players out, but all were expected to miss the game. Here’s the Bears list.
WR Taylor Gabriel - Concussion (Out)
OL Ted Larsen - Knee (Out)
DL Bilal Nichols - Hand (Out)
QB Mitchell Trubisky - Left Shoulder (Out)
DL Akiem Hicks - Knee (Questionable)
ILB Joel Iyiegbuniwe - Hamstring (Doubtful)
Potentially getting Hicks back will be a boost for a defense that played remarkably well a week ago, but the Pro Bowl talent would be an unwelcomed sight for the Oakland Raiders. Head coach Matt Nagy said that Hicks would be a game time decision after being limited at practice today, but that he was “cautiously optimistic” he would play.
Also expected to play is inside linebacker Roquan Smith, who practiced in full all week after missing last week with a personal issue.
Here’s the Raiders injury report for the game.
G Gabe Jackson - Knee (Out)
DE Clelin Ferrell - Concussion (Questionable)
WR/RS Dwayne Harris - Ankle (Questionable)
WR J.J. Nelson - Knee (Questionable)
WR Tyrell Williams - Foot (Questionable)
G Richie Incognito - Back (Questionable)
Jackson is the starting right guard for the Raiders, so they’ll have a back up working against Chicago's stout front.
The only one of the questionable Raiders that practiced today was Harris, with the other four all being held out. Ferrell and Williams didn’t practice at all this week.