Tillman, Marshall, Paea skip practice on Wednesday

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears rested several key veterans Wednesday as the club began preparations to face the undefeated New Orleans Saints on Sunday at Soldier Field.

Cornerback Charles Tillman (groin/knee), defensive tackle Stephen Paea (toe) and wide receiver Brandon Marshall (foot) were held out of Wednesday’s practice, but all are expected to be available this weekend, according to coach Marc Trestman.

“We’re optimistic that we’ll see everybody on Sunday at this point and time,” Trestman said.

The Bears have been cautious with Tillman this year, limiting him to just one practice per week for the bulk of the regular season due to knee and groin injuries. Although Tillman has started every week, the Bears have used cornerback Zack Bowman to occasionally spell the two-time Pro Bowler.

Paea is dealing with a minor turf toe injury he sustained during the Bear's 40-32 loss to the Detroit Lions in Week 4. Paea said Sunday that the medical staff encouraged him to wear the walking boot to take pressure off the toe while he traveled from Detroit back to the team’s facilities.

Reserve safety Anthony Walters also sat out the workout because of a sore hamstring. Walters injured the hamstring late in the fourth quarter against the Lions while attempting to recover an onside kick.

In other injury news, defensive end Julius Peppers (chest), tight end Martellus Bennett (shoulder) and cornerback Sherrick McManis (quad) were limited on Wednesday. McManis was inactive last week due to his quad injury.