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Tillman works on sideline during practice

Posted by Larry Mayer on September 19, 2013 – 2:40 pm

Cornerback Charles Tillman (knee) sat out individual and team drills Thursday for the second straight day, but the Bears are hopeful that he will be able to play Sunday night in Pittsburgh.

“Charles worked on the sideline with the trainers, worked actively on the sideline with trainers,” said coach Marc Trestman. “He was limited and did all the walkthroughs throughout practice.”

If Tillman is unable to play against the Steelers, Zack Bowman would likely start in his place.

“He got a lot of practice time throughout the OTAs and has always done a good job for us in that regard in backing up the corners,” Trestman said of Bowman, a sixth-year pro from Nebraska. “We’re encouraged that Charles will be ready, but Zack has had a good week of practice as well.”

Receiver Brandon Marshall missed the final portion of practice as a precaution after experiencing back tightness.

“Brandon had a very good practice and then about the middle to the late practice tightened up a little in his back,” Trestman said. “So just to be cautious we pulled him out of practice. He walked around and moved around. We’ll just be cautious and we’ll have him limited [Friday] just coming out and we’ll see where he’s at.”

Tight end Martellus Bennett (shoulder) and right guard Kyle Long (back) practiced without restrictions Thursday after being limited Wednesday.

For the Steelers, cornerback Cortez Allen (ankle) did not practice and linebacker Jarvis Jones (heel) was limited.

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