Bears cornerback Charles Tillman was limited in practice Wednesday due to a sore knee, but the two-time Pro Bowler likely will start Sunday’s home game against the Minnesota Vikings.
“I do expect him to play,” coach Marc Trestman said after the Bears worked out inside the Walter Payton Center. “He was limited today. He did do some work, not just in individual but during team. It’s just precautionary not to give him all the reps, but he was out there working.”
The only Bears player listed on the injury report Wednesday, Tillman had two interceptions in last Sunday’s 24-21 season-opening win over the Cincinnati Bengals. The 11-year veteran ranks third on the franchise’s all-time list with 35 interceptions and his 39 forced fumbles are the most by any player since Tillman entered the NFL in 2003.
Trestman called Tillman’s penchant to generate takeaways “just remarkable,” saying: “It is something we saw all through training camp and the OTAs. It didn’t change in the game.”
The Bears are going to need Tillman to make plays Sunday against the Vikings, especially in run support versus star running back Adrian Peterson, the reigning NFL MVP.
“It’s going to be huge,” said defensive coordinator Mel Tucker. “We all have to do a better job of tackling. That’s one of the things we’ve talked about already this week, it’s the tackling. Peanut is a guy who is an all-around player. He’s going to do what he needs to do in the run game.
“He’s going to support the run, he’s going to tackle, he’s going to force fumbles, and he’s going to compete in the passing game too. But tackling is going to be huge for our whole defense. That’s one of the things we’ve been talking about. We have to become stronger tacklers.”
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