Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Tillman, Knox and Smith updates
By Kevin Seifert
As promised, let’s circle back on a number of lingering news strands from Chicago’s perspective in the wake of Monday night’s 36-30 victory over Minnesota:
- Cornerback Charles Tillman, taken from Soldier Field on a stretcher in the fourth quarter, was diagnosed with fractured ribs and a bruised lung. It’s hard to imagine him playing in the season finale against Detroit.
- Receiver Johnny Knox suffered a sprained ankle, but no fracture, in the third quarter. He’s also unlikely to play against the Lions. Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune suggests his absence could lead to the first regular-season appearance for rookie receiver Juaquin Iglesias.
- Speaking Monday to reporters, coach Lovie Smith wouldn’t address his future with the team. “I'm confident that I'll be coaching [against] the Detroit Lions this week, and that's about as far as you need to go,” he said. “... You coach and you work that day. You don't look any further than that. And it's been that way for me since I've been here. Nothing has changed. We have an opponent coming up this week. I'm excited about being able to coach the team coming off a big win.”