Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman (groin) is listed as "questionable" on the injury report for the second straight week, but returned to practice in limited fashion on Friday at Halas Hall.
Here's what Bears head coach Marc Trestman had to say on Friday about Tillman's injury, according to ChicagoBears.Com:
"He worked today," said coach Marc Trestman. "Looked good. We'll see how he feels tomorrow. I would still have to say he's questionable, but we're reasonably optimistic that he'll be playing."
"He'll work out the next couple of days and continue to get treatment," Trestman said. "But like I said, I'm optimistic. I was last week and I am again that he'll be ready to go."
"It's all up to trainers and to the doctors. If the doctors and the trainers say he's ready to go, then he's ready to go. I won't be making this decision. It will be made by the doctors and trainers with Charles' best interests at heart."Between heat exhaustion in week one, a bothersome knee every week, and now this groin issue, the 32-year-old Tillman has yet to be near 100% healthy for a game this year, after arguably having his best season as a pro (which is saying a lot given his tremendous career) in 2012.
And the Bears could badly use a healthy (or at least fairly close to it) Tillman for this matchup against Calvin Johnson and the Lions.
In 2012, the Bears squeaked out two wins against the Lions, and that was with Tillman making Johnson a non-factor in each game. Peanut is one of the few cornerbacks in the NFL that can match up with Johnson physically, and if he were to miss this game, the Bears would be forced to have erratic cornerback Zack Bowman be responsible for the primary cover duties on Johnson. The 5'8" Tim Jennings does not have the size to cover the 6'5" Megatron.
Bowman (knee) is also listed on the injury report, but as 'probable' to play after practicing fully on Friday.
Cornerback Sherrick McManis, however, is listed as 'doubtful' with a quad injury. McManis' primary duties are on special teams, but with Tillman and Bowman banged up, the Bears' cornerback depth could be an issue on Sunday. Given the injuries, it's possible that we see undrafted rookie CJ Wilson active for the first time in his career.
For the Lions, you've probably heard by now that starting slot wide receiver Nate Burleson broke his arm this week after his effort to rescue a pizza sliding off his car seat resulted in a car accident. Burleson had 19 receptions on the season, including six for 119 yards in week three against the Redskins. Talented second-year wide receiver Ryan Broyles will now man the slot for the Lions, and Patrick Edwards was expected to be the starter on the outside opposite Megatron, but Edwards is listed as 'doubtful' for Sunday after being limited in practice all week. Kris Durham, who is primarily a special teamer and has just 13 catches over his three-year career, is now expected to start at wide receiver if Edwards can't go.
The Lions list another 12 players on their injury report, with four of those players being 'questionable' in defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (abdomen), safety Don Carey (hamstring), offensive tackle Jason Fox (groin), and offensive tackle Corey Hilliard (groin).
Running back Reggie Bush (knee), cornerback Chris Houston (hand), Calvin Johnson (knee), safety Louis Delmas (knee), linebacker DeAndre Levy (abdomen), linebacker Ashlee Palmer (ankle), guard Rob Sims (shoulder), and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh are all listed as 'probable'.
All 12 of those Lions players were able to practice on Friday.
UPDATE: NFL Network's Stacey Dales is hearing that Peanut will play vs the Lions:
I am told Bears CB Peanut Tillmann plays Sunday per source, despite questionable status (knee/groin). CHIvDET @nflnetworkSo, great (although hardly surprising) news, but who knows how healthy he'll actually be.
— StaceyDales (@StaceyDales) September 28, 2013
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