Bears defensive lineman Akiem Hicks is not making excuses on his league-leading 7 penalties

CHICAGO — Akiem Hicks spent the week putting some “deep thought” into the matter.That’s required when officials throw their yellow flags at you four times in one game, as they did to Hicks on Monday night in the Bears’ 24-10 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.Hicks has been the fierce leader of a strong Bears defense this season with 3 1/2 sacks, 11 quarterback hits and seven tackles for a loss. He also leads the league with seven penalties, not including two flags that were declined Monday.So how does he balance maintaining the type of play that strikes fear into opponents with trying to fix some o…

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