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Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Tillman held out for precautionary reasons

By Michael C. Wright

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears held out cornerback Charles Tillman (knee) from Wednesday’s practice inside the Walter Payton Center, but he is expected to be ready to play Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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“Just precautionary -- he should be ready to go in practice [Thursday],” Bears coach Marc Trestman said.

Tillman was listed on the injury report last Wednesday with a knee ailment. He participated in one practice in a limited capacity heading into the club’s Week 2 matchup with the Minnesota Vikings. Tillman appeared to reinjure the knee Sunday in the Bears' win over the Vikings but was able to play the entire game.

In other injury news, tight end Martellus Bennett (shoulder) worked on a limited basis, as did rookie right tackle Kyle Long (back).

Despite missing practice time last week after exhibiting flu-like symptoms, defensive end Julius Peppers participated during Wednesday’s session.

Coming off back-to-back years in which he contributed 11 sacks or more, Peppers seems to be off to a slow start through the first two games this season. Peppers’ contributions thus far have been two tackles and zero sacks, leading to speculation that he’s playing injured.

Peppers denied that Wednesday as he walked off the practice field.

“I'm feeling fine,” Peppers said. "I'm not interested in talking about the first two weeks right now. My focus is on Pittsburgh and winning the game this week."