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Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Bears place Tillman, Idonije on IR

By JEFF DICKERSON

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bearsplaced cornerback Charles Tillman (ribs/lung) and defensive lineman Israel Idonije (foot) on injured reserve Wednesday. Corey Graham replaced Tillman Monday night against the Minnesota Vikings, and is expected to start at cornerback Sunday in Detroit,

"It's always an opportunity whenever you get a chance to go out there and play," Graham said. "Whenever you get a chance to play, you want to show them (coaches) you can play, you can handle it, and you can make some plays out there. The situation with Peanut is definitely an opportunity."

Graham started nine games at cornerback in 2008, but has been relegated to mostly special teams this season, where he is second on the team with 21 tackles. The former fifth-round pick also has seen some time at nickelback, and may be forced into double duty versus the Lions because Danieal Manning is expected to miss the game due to a calf strain.