- Jeff Dickerson, ESPN Staff Writer
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LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears were without two key veterans at practice on Tuesday as middle linebacker Brian Urlacher (knee) and cornerback Charles Tillman (shin) failed to participate, although Urlacher is expected to play Thursday night against the Green Bay Packers.
Tillman is making progress and has not been ruled out for the Packers game, according to Bears coach Lovie Smith. The veteran cornerback was observed running off the practice field, a good sign the shin is improving with just two days remaining until the Bears play at Green Bay. The team will conduct a closed walkthru on Wednesday before riding the bus up north.
"Charles’ shin is getting better (and), we have a little bit of time still before the game," Bears coach Lovie Smith said. "Brian is feeling fine. The plan was to keep him off today."
Smith is confident Urlacher will play on Thursday.
"I think Brian is good to go on everything," Smith said. "I just know that Brian is gonna start the game this week."
Tight end Kyle Adams (shoulder) and J'Marcus Webb (thumb) were both able to practice despite minor injuries. Adams was listed on the official injury report as having limited participation while Webb practiced without any restrictions.
Charles Tillman and Brian Urlacher did not practice on Monday.