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Thursday, October 17, 2013
Bears have full practice participation

By Doug Padilla

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears had full participation in practice Thursday as they prepare for Sunday’s Week 7 game at Washington.

Cornerback Charles Tillman, tight end Martellus Bennett and defensive end Julius Peppers, who were held out of activities Wednesday, all participated in the practice inside the Walter Payton Center on a rainy afternoon.

Tillman has rarely practiced over the past month because of a knee injury and did not play in last Thursday’s victory over the New York Giants. He had played in 55 consecutive games before sitting out.

“(Tillman) is doing everything he can on and off the field to try and get himself ready and get himself right,” coach Marc Trestman said. “He probably played one of his best games the last game that he did play, but I think if he would have had the full week he would have recovered fully enough to play (last week). He’s not getting any worse, he’s only getting better.”

Bennett is also working his way through a knee injury, but has not missed a game this season. Peppers was held out of Wednesday’s practice because of a coach’s decision. Trestman elaborated on his reasoning.

“We knew we would have four practices this week so I thought it would be good to just have him work three of them,” Trestman said. “As we move through the season, not just him but some of our other older players, just give him an opportunity to take some breaks along the way. It’s not something that goes on exclusively here, it goes on throughout the league.”

Officially, the only person that missed practice Thursday was linebacker D.J. Williams, but he is out for the season because of a torn pectoral muscle. He has not yet been put on the injured reserve list.