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Tillman sits out second straight practice

Posted by Larry Mayer on September 26, 2013 – 4:54 pm

Bears cornerback Charles Tillman sat out practice Thursday for the second straight day with knee and groin injuries. More will be known Friday about his status for Sunday’s game in Detroit.

“He’s day-to-day,” said coach Marc Trestman. “We’re hopeful and I’ll tell you exactly where he is tomorrow. We’re just not sure. We’ll see where he is in the morning. He worked off the field all day. We’re optimistic, but we’ll know more in the morning.”

If Tillman is unable to play against the Lions, he would be replaced by Zack Bowman, who practiced without restrictions Thursday after being limited by a knee injury Wednesday. Bowman has appeared in 60 games with 16 starts in six seasons with the Bears, recording 104 tackles, seven interceptions, 13 pass breakups, two forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries.

“We’re not going to put Tillman out there if the doctors don’t feel he’s ready to play,” Trestman said. “That being the case, Zack worked [Thursday] and he worked all practice and he’ll be in there to play [if needed] and then we’ll play defense.”

Tillman has started 51 straight games for the Bears dating back to the 2010 season opener. He has been extremely durable since arriving in 2003 as a second-round pick from Louisiana-Lafayette, missing just six games over the last eight-plus seasons.

In other injury news, cornerback Sherrick McManis (quad) missed practice for the second straight day. Tillman and McManis were the only two Bears who did not work out on Thursday.

For the Lions, running back Reggie Bush (knee) practiced without limitations for the second day in a row, while eight Detroit starters were limited: defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (abdomen), safety Louis Delmas (knee), tackle Jason Fox (groin), cornerback Chris Houston (hand), receiver Calvin Johnson (knee), linebackers DeAndre Levy (abdomen) and Ashlee Palmer (ankle), and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (knee).

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