Chicago Bears No. 1 cornerback Charles Tillman wasn’t able to practice yesterday due to a right knee injury, and it’s an injury that caused him to miss the Bears Week 6 contest against the New York Giants. Tillman returned a week after to face the Washington Redskins and had a huge game with eight tackles, a pick, and two total passes defended, so he should be good-to-go this week after having the bye week to help get some more rest. According to Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune, Charles Tillman was once again absent at the Bears practice session today, but his practice status doesn’t become important until Wednesday. If we get to Friday and Tillman still isn’t practicing (I doubt that happens), then it’s time to start worrying.
The Bears are most likely just giving their veteran, star corner some much-needed rest, because practice early in the week definitely isn’t important for a guy like Tillman. They need him as healthy as he can be this week, because Tillman has an incredibly tough and important task ahead of him. This week’s game against the Green Bay Packers is an enormous rivalry matchup with definite playoff ramifications, and the Bears need to have Tillman at 100%.
Jordy Nelson and Aaron Rodgers are flying high (as usual), and their ability to hook up this season has been as good as its ever been. These two elite players are playing at an elite level, and they absolutely destroyed the Minnesota Vikings this past week. Stopping Nelson is no easy task, but Tillman has the ability to do just that when he’s at his best.