Bears missing 2 key players in preparation for Rams

Akiem Hicks (illness) and Buster Skrine (ankle) didn't practice Thursday.
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By 670 The Score

(670 The Score) The Bears had two notable absences Thursday as they began preparations for their game at the Los Angeles Rams on Monday night.

Bears defensive lineman Akiem Hicks (illness) and nickel cornerback Buster Skrine (ankle) each didn't practice Thursday, as the injury report listed. Details regarding Hicks' illness aren't known. For the second straight week, the Bears are working through the NFL's intensive protocols amid the coronavirus pandemic, which may be why Hicks was kept away from Halas Hall. A positive test surfaced for the Panthers in recent days after the Bears beat them in Charlotte on Sunday.

Under the NFL's intensive protocols, team players and staff members are required to undergo daily point-of-care testing and conduct all meetings virtually. There's also mandatory personal protective equipment for practice in addition to other precautions.

Skrine appeared to suffer the ankle injury late in the win Sunday. If he can't play Monday, it would be notable absence given the Rams' use of multiple-receiver sets on offense.

Reserve safety Deon Bush (hamstring) and guard Rashaad Coward (finger) were each listed as limited. Receiver Ted Ginn Jr., tight end Jimmy Graham and linebacker Danny Trevathan received veteran days of rest. The Bears also listed safety Eddie Jackson (shoulder), guard Alex Bars (shoulder) and defensive lineman Brent Urban (knee) as full participants.

The Bears (5-1) and Rams (4-2) kick off Monday at 7:15 p.m. from SoFi Stadium.

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.