Hicks had six tackles and one pass defense during Sunday's 34-33 victory against the Vikings. Hicks has been modestly productive through two games with 10 tackles. More importantly, though, he's been the leading inside linebacker for the Cardinals, even with recent first-round picks Isaiah Simmons (2020) and Zaven Collins (2021) in his position group. The selection of the latter led Hicks to request a trade in the offseason, but the situation has been settled, at least for now, with the seventh-year pro garnering 96 percent (120 of 125) of the team's defensive snaps to date. Because his usage remains similar to the past two seasons in Arizona, he should begin to approach the 8.4 tackles per game he averaged during that stretch.
The Cardinals are giving Hicks permission to seek a trade after the team selected fellow linebacker Zaven Collins with the 16th overall pick in last month's draft, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. The Cardinals seemingly want their two most recent first-round picks to be the starting inside linebackers, with Collins joined by Isaiah Simmons in a 3-4 base front. Hicks is coming off back-to-back seasons with 16 starts and triple-digit tackles, while also adding 10 pass breakups, four interceptions, two forced fumbles and 1.5 sacks between those years. The veteran linebacker turns 29 in June, at which point he may already be with a new team.
Hicks (neck) totaled 118 tackles (78 solo, 11.5 for loss), four pass defenses and one interception in 16 appearances during the 2020 season. Hicks didn't come close to matching his monstrous debut 2019 campaign with the Cardinals, when he had 150 tackles, three picks, two forced fumbles, 1.5 sacks and one fumble recovery. Having said that, he displayed durability, playing in every game for second straight season after missing 21 of 64 contests in his first four years with the Eagles. Hicks has two years remaining on his contract, so he'll continue to patrol the middle of Arizona's defense with stud safety Budda Baker.
Hicks (neck) has been ruled out for the remainder of Sunday's game against the Rams. Hicks won't return to Sunday's game after suffering a neck injury. Isaiah Simmons and De'Vondre Campbell will likely play most of the defensive snaps as the 28-year-old linebacker will not rejoin the Cardinals during this matchup.
Hicks (ankle/wrist) was taken off the injury report after a full practice Friday and doesn't carry a designation into Sunday's game against Miami, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. Hicks was limited in practice earlier this week by a pair of injuries, but he overcame them to practice fully Friday and is primed to start at linebacker against the Dolphins. He has been a tackling machine this season, racking up 59 through seven games.
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