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LAKE FOREST https://www.thebearsfanshop.com/Allen-Robinson-Jersey , Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears face a huge challenge trying to contain NFL rushing leader Dalvin Cook when they host the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.That task could be even tougher if Akiem Hicks isn’t available to dominate up front.Coach Matt Nagy said the Pro Bowl defensive tackle probably will be a game-time decision for an important matchup with the Vikings after he left Monday’s win at Washington because of a knee injury.“We just gotta see exactly where he’s at and I think he’s truly probably going to end up being a game-time decision,” Nagy said Thursday.Hicks left in the fourth quarter against Washington. He has started all 51 games since joining Chicago in 2016. He has not missed a start since 2015 or a game since 2014.Nagy described the injury earlier this week as a “wear-and-tear type thing” that he didn’t think was serious.But Hicks’ absence would be a big hit for a team trying to avoid an 0-2 start at home.Chicago (2-1) opened the NFL’s 100th season with a loss to Green Bay at Soldier Field, squeezed out a win at Denver on Eddy Pineiro’s last-second field goal before dominating the winless Redskins. Losing at home to another division rival would put the Bears in a big hole as they try to repeat as NFC North champions.Without Hicks, containing the Vikings’ running game becomes an even more difficult task. While Cook leads the NFL with 375 yards, rookie Alexander Mattison has 132 and is averaging 5.3 yards per attempt.“Akiem is a bully on the field,” linebacker Roy Robertson-Harris said.Hicks had his way with center Pat Elflein — now playing guard — in a 25-20 victory at Soldier Field last season. He had a sack, two quarterback hits and helped Chicago hold Minnesota to 22 yards rushing, with Cook managing just 12 on nine attempts. Hicks also had 1½ sacks in a Week 17 win at Minnesota that kept the Vikings out of the playoffs.“Akiem’s one of our leaders,” Ha Ha Clinton-Dix said. “He’s one of the biggest leaders on our team. We just need one of our young guys to step up (if Hicks is unavailable). We have depth on this defense. We have great leaders at the 2s and 3s that could be 1s with any other team. And now we’ll know if any of those guys are ready to take his position and make plays.”Hicks isn’t the only banged-up Bear.Receiver Taylor Gabriel remained in the concussion protocol. He left Monday’s game after catching three touchdowns from Mitchell Trubisky.Pineiro remains limited by a right knee injury. He went from booting the winning 53-yard field goal at Denver to hobbling through the game at Washington after he got hurt lifting weights on Friday.Pineiro hit 1 of 2 field goals and made all four extra points. But the Bears had Pat O’Donnell handle kickoffs in his place.“Pregame, we knew there might be a little bit of pain but he was going to be fine,” said special teams coordinator Chris Tabor, who expects Pineiro to play on Sunday. “And he hit the ball really well. His only miss on the whole night was actually the miss in the game. Other than that Chase Daniel Color Rush Jersey , pregame he made everything. So I was really pleased with how he approached it and we just watched and wanted to be smart, obviously, of where we were going to hit it from.” Cam Newton is expected to see his first game action since Dec. 17 when the Carolina Panthers host the Buffalo Bills on Friday night.Newton, the league MVP in 2015, missed the final two games of last season and underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder in January. He and Carolina’s other starters did not play in the first preseason game against the Bears.Wide receiver Curtis Samuel was the star of training camp for the Panthers. His speed, quickness and ability to create separation are quickly turning him into Newton’s favorite offensive option. Samuel will step into a starting role in his third NFL season and play alongside D.J. Moore after the Panthers let Devin Funchess leave in free agency.Panthers rookie first-round draft pick Brian Burns had two sacks against the Bears and has looked dominant in Carolina’s 3-4 defense. However, Burns tweaked his ankle Tuesday in a joint practice with the Bills. He tried to practice Wednesday, but couldn’t. Burns said he plans to play against Buffalo, but it’s possible coach Ron Rivera will err on the side of caution and keep Burns out.Bills quarterback Josh Allen gets an opportunity to carry over what was an encouraging performance during two days of practices with the Panthers.Aside from continuing to develop rapport with new receivers Cole Beasley and John Brown, Allen took time to get advice from Panthers star linebacker Luke Kuechly on how he defended against certain plays.Running back LeSean McCoy is expected to make his preseason debut after fellow veteran Frank Gore started in Buffalo’s preseason-opening win over Indianapolis. And there will also be focus placed on rookie running back Devin Singletary to see if he can build on the production — 27 yards rushing and 21 yards receiving — he had against the Colts.BEARS AT GIANTSGiants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones gets another chance to impress in the teams’ first preseason matchup since 2012.Jones was 5 for 5 for 67 yards and a TD pass in last week’s preseason opener against the Jets.Jones and Eli Manning and both played one series. Both should see more action against Chicago in the Giants’ first game since the suspension of wide receiver Golden Tate was announced Tuesday.The Giants’ defense struggled as Sam Darnold drove the Jets right down the field on the opening possession.Bears coach Matt Nagy continues to keep quiet on how much the starters will play, but all indications are little or not at all even if they’re obviously tired of hitting each other and want to hit someone else.They went through a two-hour-plus mock game Wednesday night, complete with pumped-in stadium noise Bennie Fowler III Jersey , light hitting, a clock and starters facing backups. Kyle Long got into a fight, removed the helmet of rookie defensive lineman Jalen Dalton and began swinging it at defenders before being sent to the bench for the night. It was their third straight practice with a fight of some sort.Starting tight end Trey Burton returned to play in the simulated game after a week and a half away while recovering from hernia surgery, but left guard Cody Whitehair injured a finger and left the practice. So, seeing any starters after a practice so long and intense would seem unlikely.Mitchell Trubisky and the starting offense played only three snaps and handed off three times in last week’s preseason opener, a 23-13 loss to Carolina.The kicking competition between Eddy Pineiro and Elliott Fry continues after the Bears reportedly failed in a bid to trade with Baltimore for Kaare Vedvik, who was dealt to Minnesota.DOLPHINS AT BUCCANEERSRyan Fitzpatrick, battling with Rosen for the Dolphins‘ starting quarterback job, will face the team for which he played the last two seasons.Fitzpatrick is expected to start, but Rosen may also get some snaps with the first team. First-year coach Brian Flores this week declined to say who is leading the competition.Flores will likely take another long look at undrafted rookie receiver Preston Williams, who had a breakout performance in the first exhibition game with four catches for 97 yards.Also expected to see significant action are rookie guards Michael Deiter and Shaq Calhoun, both competing for starting jobs https://www.thebearsfanshop.com/Taylor-Gabriel-Jersey , and rookie defensive ends Jonathan Ledbetter and Dewayne Hendrix, who both won praise for their play in the first game.The Buccaneers‘ regulars, including quarterback Jameis Winston, played one series in last week’s preseason opener at Pittsburgh.They probably won’t play as much as they might normally in a second preseason game because the Bucs and Dolphins held a pair of joint practices this week.“With as much (practice against Miami) as our 1s are getting … I don’t think it’s necessary probably to play them much in the ballgame, maybe a few more plays than last week,” coach Bruce Arians said. “If things go as well as they did early offensively, it’ll probably be the same. Defensively, the same, just because of the work we’re getting this week. If we weren’t working together this week, we’d probably play 20 or 25 plays.”
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