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Friday, September 13, 2013
Tillman, Peppers return to Bears practice

By Doug Padilla

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Charles Tillman and Julius Peppers returned to practice for the Chicago Bears on Friday and officially will be listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field.

Tillman has been dealing with a minor knee issue, but he missed practice Thursday to attend to a family matter, not because of his injury. He participated in nearly all of Friday's practice. Peppers, who was out Thursday because of illness, was limited in practice Friday.

"[Peppers] is going to be fine, but he worked limited today in terms of the number of reps he had," coach Marc Trestman said.

Both players are expected to see significant action Sunday as the Bears return to action after their Week 1 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.

After the Bears went into the season opener completely healthy, Tillman was the only player listed on the injury report this week.

Peppers did not have a sack, a tackle or an assisted tackle Sunday, but his play this week will be critical as the Bears' defensive line will try to slow MVP running back Adrian Peterson. Peppers did not have a sack in the season opener last year, but returned in Week 2 to record two sacks against the Green Bay Packers.