While Bears fans won't soon forget the team's stunning come-from-behind 28-20 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night to open up Levi's Stadium, there was unfortunately a heartbreaking moment they won't soon forget either.

In the third quarter, Bears cornerback Charles Tillman got tangled up with a 49ers offensive player and his right arm was clearly in pain. It was soon revealed that the injury was to Peanut's right triceps, the same triceps he tore to end his 2013 season last November.

And then NBC showed Peanut on the sidelines:


That was all we needed to see to realize that Peanut had likely torn his triceps again. And on Monday, that injury was unfortunately confirmed:
The 33-year-old Tillman signed a one-year deal in the offseason to remain with the Bears, and it felt like there was a very good chance this would end up being his last season in the NFL. So, it's very possible this is it for Peanut, and you certainly wonder that even more after seeing tears fall down his face.

If this is the end for Peanut, what a career it's been. The greatest cornerback in Bears history and as classy of a man as you'll find in the NFL (he was just named the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year in 2013).  36 career interceptions, nine career defensive touchdowns, 42 career forced fumbles... just eye-opening numbers left and right.

The Bears add more on Tillman's statistical accomplishments:
If you need any more convincing on how good of a career Peanut has had and what an incredible role model he's been (in a league full of disturbing accusations and stories of late), here's just a small sampling of what some people in the football world are saying about him on Twitter:




And I think Jeff Hughes of Da Bears Blog summarized it perfectly:

Lastly, here are Peanut's comments following the injury news on Monday:

Classy as always, and Peanut will make a great coach to have for the rest of the year, especially for rookie cornerback Kyle Fuller.

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