Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman did not practice today. He missed yesterday’s practice as well, which puts his status for this Sunday’s contest against the Detroit Lions in doubt.
“He’s day-to-day,” Marc Trestman said today. “We’re hopeful. I’ll tell you exactly where he is tomorrow. I’m just not sure. We’ll see where he is in the morning. He worked off the field all day. [We’re] optimistic but we’ll know more in the morning.”
Tillman is dealing with knee and groin injuries. He missed Wednesday and Thursday practices last week but practiced Friday and suited up for the game. If he misses tomorrow’s session, the odds are good he’ll miss this week’s game.
That’s a big blow, as the Bears face Calvin Johnson this week, the most talented wide receiver in the NFL. Yet Chicago’s coaching staff is more worried about Tillman’s long-term health than they are about him suiting up this week.
“Charles is either going to play because he’s ready to play, or if he won’t play because he’s not, we’re not going to put him out there if the doctors feel he’s not ready to play,” said Trestman. “That being the case, Zack [Bowman] worked today, and he worked all practice, and he’ll be in there to play. And then we’ll play defense. I’ve talked to [defensive coordinator] Mel [Tucker] about this, and we’ll adjust and do the things we need to do to stop the Lions on that play. And then we’ll figure out something to do on the next play. That’s how we’re approaching the game.”
Cornerback Sherrick McManis (quad) and Henry Melton (knee) also did not practice.
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