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CHICAGO -- Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman finally succumbed to the nagging injuries that have hampered him for the entire season, with the team making the decision to list him among its list of inactives Thursday night against the New York Giants.
Tillman has been listed on the injury report as questionable for every game, with the exception of the Bears' Week 1 win against the Cincinnati Bengals. Bears coach Marc Trestman did say after Thursday's 27-21 win that Tillman probably would have been available had they played on Sunday.
"I think if he had had through Sunday [to recover], I think he would have played," Trestman said. "He worked extremely hard. He was in the building at 6 o'clock in the morning. He didn't leave the training room. He was doing everything he could to get ready. I dropped him a text. I have a ton of respect for the work he put in, in the training room to try to get himself ready tonight. Fortunately, we found a way to win without him, and it will be great to have him back next week."
With the Bears coming off a short three-day turnaround after playing the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, and facing a winless Giants team, Trestman confirmed the Bears simply wanted to rest Tillman, who had played in 55 consecutive games -- including the postseason -- before being declared out for Thursday.
Tillman, a two-time Pro Bowler, hasn't missed a contest since Week 17 of the 2009 season.
Tillman threw passes to linebacker Lance Briggs on the field during warmups, but wasn't wearing cleats like the rest of his teammates. Tillman had been fighting through a sore right knee and a strained groin.
Sixth-year veteran Zack Bowman replaced Tillman in the lineup and played opposite Tim Jennings.
Running back David Wilson, cornerback Corey Webster, center David Baas, tight end Adrien Robinson, cornerback Jayron Hosley, safety Cooper Taylor and quarterback Ryan Nassib were inactive for the Giants.Since coming into the league in 2003, Tillman ranks among the NFL's top 10 in interceptions (35, which ties for seventh), interception return yards (647, seventh), interception return touchdowns (eight, tied for second), forced fumbles (41, first) and pass breakups (129, fourth).
It's doubtful he'll be out for Chicago's next game at Washington next Sunday, with the Bears coming off a 10-day rest. The Bears play just once in 24 days following Thursday's matchup, as they face the Redskins on Oct. 20, before taking their bye, which bodes well for Tillman's recovery.
Safety Anthony Walters, offensive lineman James Brown, tackle Jonathan Scott, tight end Steve Maneri, defensive tackle Stephen Paea and defensive end Cornelius Washington were also inactive for the Bears. Paea missed his second consecutive game with turf toe.