Akiem Hicks rejoins Bears in practice while Khalil Mack remains sidelined

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(670 The Score) Bears defensive lineman Akiem Hicks returned to practice Wednesday in a limited fashion, an encouraging step forward for a key player on the team's defense.

Hicks missed Chicago's loss at Tampa Bay on Sunday due to his groin injury. He first suffered the injury during a win against the Lions on Oct. 3. Hicks has 1.5 sacks this season.

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The Bears receiver Allen Robinson (ankle), defensive lineman Bilal Nichols (knee), safety Tashaun Gipson (hip), returner Jakeem Grant (ankle) and tight end J.P. Holtz (quad) were all listed as limited participants Wednesday.

Bears pass rusher Khalil Mack (foot) didn't practice as the team sorts through its options with his health.

The Bears (3-4) host the 49ers (2-4) on Sunday at Soldier Field.

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