Bears' Bilal Nichols Suffered Broken Hand

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (670 The Score) -- Bears defensive lineman Bilal Nichols suffered a broken right hand in the team's win against the Broncos on Sunday.

Nichols isn't expected to play at Washington on Monday night, coach Matt Nagy indicated. However, the Bears believe he won't require a stint on injured reserve.

"We’re just trying to go through things to see how that goes as far as the future here," Nagy said Thursday. "For him, for this week, it doesn’t look good.”

Nichols could conceivably return to play with a protective cast or club on his fractured hand, though that would present a challenge in that defensive linemen rely on their hands to engage with offensive linemen in the trenches.

A fifth-round pick in 2018, Nichols recorded three sacks in four regular-season games last season. In his absence, the Bears will turn to veteran Nick Williams to fill a bigger role behind starters Akiem Hicks, Eddie Goldman and Roy Robertson-Harris.

The five-year NFL veteran Williams recorded his first career sack Sunday in taking down Broncos quarterback Joe Flacco.

"I hate that (Nichols) is out, but you know this league is next man up," Williams said. "We'll be waiting for him to come back. Until then, we got to go out and play our game."

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