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Thursday, September 12, 2013
Tillman, Peppers miss practice

By Michael C. Wright
ESPN.com

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman (knee) and defensive end Julius Peppers missed practice on Thursday, but those absences shouldn't affect their availability for Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings.

According to a team spokesman, Tillman’s absence was excused for personal reasons and had been planned in advance.  He participated in a limited capacity during Wednesday’s practice inside the Walter Payton Center, but Bears coach Marc Trestman said he expects the cornerback to play against the Vikings.

The team said Peppers is sick and that is why he wasn't on the field during the time period in which the media is permitted to watch practice, and wasn't on the field once Thursday's session ended.

Tillman was the only player listed on Chicago’s injury report (knee) when it was released on Wednesday, and missed portions of the club's Week 1 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals due to dehydration. The medical staff gave him intravenous fluids at halftime, and Tillman, who finished the game with two interceptions, was able to return.

It’s unknown how Tillman sustained the knee injury, but the team has deemed it as minor.

Peppers played the entire game in Week 1 against the Bengals, but didn’t generate any statistics, leading to speculation that the defensive end might have been playing injured.

“I don’t think that’s an issue at all,” Trestman said. I don’t know what he said about it, but I don’t see it on tape. I don’t think you have to have three sacks or two sacks to impact the game. He played his position. He was effective at times, and we were ineffective collectively at times. I know Julius didn’t play as well as he would want to play. But I think he still impacted the game.”