Defensive lineman Akiem Hicks has a message for outside linebackers Isaiah Irving and Howard Jones, the two players who are expected to fill the void left by injured Leonard Floyd on Sunday against the Eagles. “You got to pick up the slack,” Hicks said. “[We] got to find guys that are willing to go in there and show why they get to wear a Bears uniform. It’s an honor. It’s not just something that’s just given to you. You’ve got to be able to go out there and play hard and strong. We’ll look for those guys to step up and play the game of their lives.” With Jones recently being promoted from the practice squad, Irving is the “next man up” with Floyd on injured reserve. Irving has been on the active roster since Week 5 against the Vikings, but he has gotten only five snaps on defense. He has been on the field for 79 special-teams plays. “I’m excited to prove to the audience, to the coaches, to my family and everybody that I can play the game,” Irving said. Irving, an undrafted free agent from San Jose State, was promoted from the practice squad Oct. 9 after Willie Young went on IR with a triceps injury.
With Leonard Floyd out, rookie Isaiah Irving is the next man up
Chicago Sun-Times | Nov 25