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Sunday, September 8, 2013
Dehydration forces Tillman out of game

By Michael C. Wright

CHICAGO -- A dehydrated Charles Tillman left Sunday’s season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals late in the first half, but returned after intermission with the Chicago Bears behind 14-10.

Tillman vomited on the sideline at least twice before the staff pulled the cornerback out of the lineup in favor of veteran Zack Bowman. Tillman’s exit came at an inopportune time for the Bears, with the Bengals in the midst of an eight-play drive spanning 91 yards and capped by a 45-yard touchdown pass from Andy Dalton to A.J. Green that helped the visitors go ahead 14-7 with 2:53 left in the first half. Rookie Isaiah Frey also played in Tillman’s place during the drive.

Up to that point, Tillman had intercepted Dalton twice.

Tillman's interception in the first quarter set up an 8-yard touchdown pass from Jay Cutler to Martellus Bennett, which gave the Bears a 7-0 lead after Robbie Gould’s PAT.

Tillman re-entered the game to start the third quarter, and was called for a 34-yard pass interference penalty that moved Cincinnati from the Chicago 35 to the 1, setting up a BenJarvus Green-Ellis TD that gave the Bengals a 21-17 lead after the extra point.