Bears missing 3 defensive starters in practice

In order to prioritize player health, the Bears only did light work Wednesday.

(670 The Score) The Bears on Wednesday practiced without defensive lineman Akiem Hicks (ankle), cornerback Jaylon Johnson (right shoulder) and nickelback Buster Skrine (concussion) as the team conducted light work at Halas Hall.

The Bears moved their practice to a walk-through inside the Walter Payton Center in an effort to keep players fresh this late in the season, coach Matt Nagy said. It was unclear whether Hicks being held out was a precautionary measure or a bigger concern.

Hicks did play in the Bears' win against the Vikings this past Sunday. Johnson and Skrine were sidelined with their injuries.

Veteran running back Cordarrelle Patterson (knee), tight end Demetrius Harris (foot) and safety Deon Bush (foot) were also held out of practice Wednesday.

Jaguars rookie running back James Robinson (ankle) didn't practice Wednesday, though Jacksonville coach Doug Marrone told reporters that he's expected to play Sunday.

The Bears (7-7) and Jaguars (1-13) kick off Sunday at noon CT in Jacksonville.

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