Trestman: Tillman expected to play

October, 16, 2013
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman said Wednesday that veteran cornerback Charles Tillman is expected to play Sunday against the Washington Redskins, despite sitting out practice Monday and Wednesday to rest his injured knee.

Tillman was inactive for the Bears’ Week 6 game last Thursday versus the New York Giants, snapping a streak of 55 consecutive games played.

“He's expected to play,” Trestman said. “We're going to ease him in this week and give him a little more [Thursday] and Friday, but he's feeling good and we expect him to play.”

Tillman has fought through injuries all season, but he is still tied for the team lead with two forced fumbles and tied for second with two interceptions. He is sixth on the team in tackles (30).

Also held out of Wednesday’s workout: veteran defensive end Julius Peppers (coach’s decision) and tight end Martellus Bennett (knee).

While Trestman reported that Bennett did some walk-through and individual work with the team, he made no mention of his decision to rest Peppers prior to the release of the official injury report. Peppers did practice on Monday following a three-day weekend.

In other injury news, linebacker James Anderson (back), defensive tackle Stephen Paea (toe), safety Anthony Walters (hamstring) and safety Major Wright (knee) were limited.

Walters and Paea have missed the last two games due to their respective injuries.

Jeff Dickerson | email

Chicago Bears beat reporter
Dickerson has been the Bears beat reporter for ESPN Chicago since 2004. He is also a talk-show host on ESPN 1000 and the ESPN Radio network.



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