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Monday, September 23, 2013
Bears will be careful with Charles Tillman

By Doug Padilla

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- While Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman tried to downplay Charles Tillman's latest injury, the reality is that the veteran Chicago Bears cornerback is now dealing with two ailments after the first three weeks of the season.

After Tillman fought through a sore knee during the first two weeks, a groin issue surfaced during the Bears’ 40-23 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night.

“Charles got a little tight at the end of the game so we held him out,” Trestman said. “We’re going to be very cautious with him this week. He will probably be out on Wednesday and we’ll go through the same progression. But he just tightened up. He was in early this morning, he worked out and he got treatment. We’re optimistic that he will be ready to go on Sunday.”

Trestman speculated that one injury begot the other.

“His knee held up fine and it was probably a little compensation,” Trestman said. “I’m not a trainer, I’m not a doctor so I want to be very careful with my words. It’s probably another part of his body compensating for the knee, but he held up fine.”

Unless the 32-year-old sits out a game, Tillman will continue to deal with short recovery windows. When asked about how an 11-year veteran will be able to play catch-up with his health between games, Trestman had no definitive answers.

“I really can’t answer that,” said Trestman, whose team won’t have its bye week until Oct. 27. “I don’t know how to answer that question. I know he does everything he can when he’s healthy to stay healthy and I know he will do everything he can to get his body the way it needs to be at 100 percent. But we’re optimistic he’ll be back and ready to go.”