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Sources: Bears to activate DL Akiem Hicks from IR

The Chicago Bears are activating defensive lineman Akiem Hicks off injured reserve and he will be available to play Sunday against the Green Bay Packers, sources told ESPN's Chris Mortensen.

Hicks went on injured reserve Oct. 15 after suffering an elbow injury against the Oakland Raiders the week before. Sunday's game against the Packers was the earliest he could return this season.

"One of the things I really focused on was just making sure my elbow was in the strongest place possible," Hicks said this week. "We still have some finishing up to do, and there's all these dates to make gains and get a little bit better.