By Bryan Perez
Long before Khalil Mack became a Chicago Bear, it was Akiem Hicks who anchored the defense. And even with Mack in the fold, Hicks remains an irreplaceable piece to the team’s short- and long-term plans.
And that’s why his ejection for shoving an official during the Bears’ Week 4 win over the Buccaneers was such a big deal. Chicago can’t afford losing Hicks, even for one game, because of suspension.
Crisis avoided. Hicks wasn’t suspended by the NFL and will suit up Sunday against Miami.
“So it was definitely a relief to not be suspended,” Hicks said Thursday. “But also it was a time for reflection for myself. My boys know I’m going to run hot sometimes, but one place that I run hot is when you have stuff on the line in a game.
“I guess I just look more so at the possible penalties—what could have happened, the damage I could have done to our team. Let’s say we were in a third-and-short and I get a penalty like that and now they’ve got a first down and a chance to win the game. It’s those things that you have to be more disciplined...