Bears' Tillman placed on IR, could return for playoffs

Written By Sun-Times Wire Posted: 11/11/2013, 12:47pm

Charles Tillman tore his right triceps Sunday and will miss the rest of the regular season, the Bears cornerback said Monday.

He is out for the regular season after the Bears on Monday placed him on injured reserve, designated to return, with a triceps injury. Tillman cannot practice for six weeks, and can’t play in a game for eight weeks. That would put Tillman back only for the playoffs, if the 5-4 Bears reach the postseason.

He he not scheduled surgery and is awaiting a second opinion.

He felt pain in his triceps when pushing Lions receiver Calvin Johnson in the second half.

“I felt something kinda strain, perhaps tear,” he said.

Zack Bowman will likely take his place.

“I hurts. I’m definitely sad,” he said. This” team has a lot, we have a lot of potential. The fact hat I’m no longer a part of that to help this team further succeed, that’s the part that hurts.

“My role right now is to be the biggest cheerleader and supporter on the sideline.”

Tillman missed five snaps on the first drive Sunday against the Lions, but that was because he fell on his wrist. He missed one game this season, and parts of three more, with a knee injury he said was never 100 percent.

It’s possible Tillman has played his last game as a Bear. His contract expires at the end of the season. He acknowledged that it might be “potentially” the case, and said he’d like to remain at cornerback, be it for the Bears or someone else.

“I haven’t really thought about it,” he said.

He said his “athleticism is still  there to play corner in this league, whether it be for the Bears or somebody else. But I still think I have some corner left in me.”


The 32-year-old had three interceptions and three forced fumbles this season.