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  • Raiders' Bilal Nichols: Dealing with injury

    The Raiders placed Nichols (undisclosed) on the PUP list Tuesday. Nichols signed a two-year, $11 million contract with the Raiders in March, though his debut with the team could be delayed. If cleared from the PUP list ahead of Week 1, Nichols projects to hold a significant role along the defensive line after posting 51 total tackles and three sacks with Chicago in 2021.
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  • Raiders' Bilal Nichols: To join Raiders

    Nichols agreed Wednesday with the Raiders on a two-year, $11 million contract, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Nichols is a proven starter who will help shore up Las Vegas' defensive front. He enjoyed a career season with Chicago in 2021, recording 51 tackles and three sacks in 17 appearances.
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  • Bears' Bilal Nichols: Tests positive for COVID-19

    Nichols (illness) was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, Larry Mayer of the Bears' official team site reports. The defensive end tested positive for COVID-19 Tuesday and will now enter the league's protocols. Nichols becomes the 13th member of the team to be on the COVID-19 list, joining the likes of starters Allen Robinson and Eddie Jackson amongst others. Additonally, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reported Tuesday that 21 players tested positive for COVID-19 Tuesday.
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  • Bears' Bilal Nichols: Notches sack

    Nichols tallied a sack and two tackles in the Bears' 29-27 loss to the Steelers on Monday. Nichols broke a streak of five games without a sack, and he now has two on the season. In addition, after posting 11 tackles over the first three games of the season, he's only recorded two in each of the last three games, making him a low-floor scoring option in IDP leagues.
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  • Bears' Bilal Nichols: Off Chicago's injury report

    Nichols (toe) isn't listed on the Bears' injury report Wednesday. Nichols appears to have finally healed from a toe injury he picked up in the Bears' preseason game against the Bills. The injury won't affect Nichols' Week 1 status as he is slated to start at defensive end across from Akiem Hicks.
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  • Bears' Bilal Nichols: Takes part in practice

    Nichols (toe) practiced Thursday, the Chicago Tribune reports. Nichols suffered a toe injury back in June, so it's encouraging to see him back on the practice field in the early days of training camp. The veteran looks set to reprise his usual starting role at defensive end across from Akiem Hicks (foot).
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  • Bears' Bilal Nichols: Injures toe

    Nichols is nursing a toe injury, Jeff Dickerson of ESPN.com reports. The severity of Nichols' toe injury is unknown at this time. He saw his snaps increase in each of the last three seasons in Chicago and recorded a career high in tackles and sacks in 2020 with 40 and five, respectively. He currently projects to start opposite Akiem Hicks at defensive end this year.
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  • Bears' Bilal Nichols: Continues hot streak

    Nichols recorded a sack and seven tackles in the Bears' 33-27 victory over the Vikings on Sunday. Nichols recorded a sack for the third straight game, giving him six sacks since Week 6, and he also exceeded four tackles for the first time this season. He'll potentially be in position to continue his hot streak in Week 16 against the Jaguars.
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  • Bears' Bilal Nichols: Underwhelming in second season

    Nichols recovered a fumble and added a tackle in the Bears' 21-19 victory over the Vikings in Week 17, and he ended the campaign with 27 tackles and a fumble recovery. Nichols made a slight improvement in tackles per game over his rookie season, but after posting three sacks and two forced fumbles last season, it was disappointing that he failed to produce any stats other than tackles. Signed through 2021, Nichols will continue to be a depth option in deep IDP leagues.
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  • Bears' Bilal Nichols: Listed as questionable

    Nichols (hand/knee) is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Saints. Nichols logged two full practices to begin the week, but he was a limited participant Friday and appears to have picked up a knee injury. A decision on his availability may come down to a game-time decision before Sunday's 4:25 EST p.m. kickoff.
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  • Bears' Bilal Nichols: Practicing without limitations

    Nichols (hand) was a full participant in Thursday's practice. Nichols appears to have put the Bears' bye week to good use. He's practiced in full for two straight days and looks fully recovered from the fractured hand he suffered Week 2. Barring any setbacks, expect Nichols to slide back into his starting role against the Saints on Sunday.
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  • Bears' Bilal Nichols: Out Week 5

    Nichols (hand) was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Raiders in London. Nichols will miss his third straight contest after suffering a fractured hand Week 2 against the Broncos. Roy Robertson-Harris should fill in at defensive end once again for the Bears.
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  • Bears' Bilal Nichols: Nursing broken hand

    Nichols suffered a broken hand during Sunday's win over the Broncos and is not expected to play Week 3, Jeff Dickerson of ESPN.com reports. Nichols isn't expected to land on IR and could eventually suit up with a club on his hand, according to Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune. In any case, Nichols will likely miss Monday's tilt against Washington. Expect Roy Robertson-Harris to slot into the starting lineup as long as Nichols is unable to go.
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  • Bears' Bilal Nichols: Ready to rock

    Nichols (knee) will play in Sunday's road contest against Denver, Kevin Fishbain of The Athletic reports. Nichols didn't pop up on the injury report until Friday, so this news is positive considering the timing of his injury. The 22-year-old played 32 defensive snaps in Week 1, and it's reasonable to expect he'll be in line for similar work Sunday.
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  • Bears' Bilal Nichols: Questionable for Sunday

    Nichols (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's matchup with Denver, Jeff Dickerson of ESPN.com reports. Nichols didn't pop up on Chicago's injury report until Friday when he was limited in practice. The 22-year-old battled through this knee issue in last week's season opener against Green Bay en route to playing 32 defensive snaps. If Nichols can't play Sunday, Roy Robertson-Harris would take over his starting position and Chicago would be left without any reserve defensive ends, barring a call-up from the practice squad.
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  • Bears' Bilal Nichols: Game-time decision for opener

    Head coach Matt Nagy said Tuesday that Nichols' knee injury is "getting slightly better," but also that he's considered a game-time decision for Thursday's season opener against Green Bay, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports. Nichols was a limited participant in Tuesday's practice after not being listed on Monday's injury report. Nagy's statement gives us a little clarification on how to view the 23-year-old's status as the season opener approaches.
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  • Bears' Bilal Nichols: Three sacks in rookie season

    Nichols collected a sack and three tackles in the Bears' Week 17 win over Minnesota to close out the season with 28 tackles and three sacks. Nichols functioned as a backup defensive end, but flashed solid ability as a pass rusher in his 327 snaps played. He's signed for three more years and will likely continue to serve as a backup next year, but if he's pressed into a full-time role, his ability to rush the passer could make him a useful IDP.
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  • Bears' Bilal Nichols: Good to go Week 17

    Nichols (knee) is active for Sunday's game against the Vikings. Nichols has appeared on the Bears' injury reports for a few weeks now but hasn't seemed in any true danger of missing game action. Look for him to fill his usual role as the third or fourth man in Chicago's defensive-end rotation.
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  • Bears' Bilal Nichols: Will play Sunday

    Nichols is active for Sunday's game against the Packers despite dealing with a recent knee issue, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports. Nichols has been bothered by a minor knee issue but will play through it Sunday after logging 21 total snaps last week against the Rams.
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  • Bears' Bilal Nichols: Suits up Sunday

    Nichols is active for Sunday night's game against the Rams. Nichols is coming off a season-high in snaps and tackles. He'll try to keep the momentum going against the league's second-best scoring offense entering the week.
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