Black and Blue all over: Hood to Chicago

September, 1, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert


According to multiple reports, Chicago plans to sign veteran cornerback Rod Hood, who was released Monday by Cleveland. The big question: Will Hood simply provide depth, or are the Bears concerned about the prognosis for one of their injured cornerbacks?

Charles Tillman (back) and Zack Bowman (hamstring) haven’t played this preseason, and some of the Bears’ backups have struggled. Tillman, meanwhile, told Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune that he still doesn’t know if he’ll be ready for the Sept. 13 season opener against Green Bay. Originally, the Bears’ goal for his return was the final week of the preseason.
Tillman: “Am I back for the [Green Bay] game? I still don't know. It's a tossup. I'd like to play Thursday. Shoot, I'd like to play right now. I'm glad I'm not in charge because I would have played two weeks ago, played in camp. And it wouldn't have been the smartest thing because I probably would have gotten hurt."

Hood nearly signed with the Bears during the offseason, and he’ll be in the mix either to start or play nickel along with Corey Graham, Nate Vasher and Trumaine McBride.

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