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Bears CB Charles Tillman Put On Short-Term IR

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Photo by David Banks/Getty Images.
Photo by David Banks/Getty Images.

The Chicago Bears defense has been decimated by injuries this season, and you can add another casualty to the list. Charles Tillman has been placed on short-term injured reserve with a triceps tear, and he’s going to sit out the rest of the regular season.

“I’m definitely sad,” Tillman said. “This team has a lot of potential. The fact that I’m no longer a part of that to help this team further succeed, that’s the part that hurts. My role right now is to be the biggest cheerleader and supporter on the sideline.”

Tillman cannot practice for the next six weeks, and he is not eligible to play for eight weeks. The only way he suits up again this season is if the Bears make the playoffs and into the Divisional round. With Jay Cutler facing a multi-week injury, their chances of sneaking into the postseason diminishes even further. The cornerback plans to get a second opinion, but he doesn’t think that he’ll require surgery.

While Tillman has had his fair share of struggles this season, much of that can be attributed to the various ailments he’s had to deal with all season. He’s still a difference-maker for the team, and the Bears’ once-dominant defense is a shell of what it was under Lovie Smith.

“I don’t know exactly what play,” Tillman said. “I just remember shoving Calvin on one play and I felt something kind of strain, perhaps tear. I just felt a sharp pain.”

Zack Bowman filled in for Tillman after he was taken out of the game, and he’s expected to be the starter opposite Tim Jennings for the rest of the year.

“He’s a veteran,” Tillman said. “He’s been in this defense a while. He’s been a starter on this defense before Tim [Jennings] got here. So I think Zack Bowman is a good fit. He’s the next man up and I have nothing but confidence and faith in Zack. I think he can get the job done.”