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Charles Tillman won’t play this season, even in the playoffs

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When the Bears put cornerback Charles Tillman on injured reserve with the return designation, they were holding out hope that he could play in the playoffs. But that won’t happen.

Bears coach Marc Trestman said today that Tillman isn’t far enough along in his recovery from a triceps injury, and he definitely will not play until next season. So even if the Bears get to the playoffs, Tillman won’t be there.

There’s better news, however, for one of the Bears’ other top defensive players. Trestman reiterated today what he said last week, that he’s reasonably optimistic that linebacker Lance Briggs can play on Sunday against the Eagles. Briggs has missed the last seven games with a shoulder injury.

Despite being ravaged with injuries, the Bears are still in the thick of the NFC North race. If the Bears win their final two games (at Philadelphia on Sunday and home against the Packers in Week 17) while the Lions lose at least one, then Chicago will go to the playoffs.

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37 Responses to “Charles Tillman won’t play this season, even in the playoffs”
  1. blackandbluedivision says: Dec 16, 2013 2:18 PM

    it may be the end of the road for Peanut.

    Not good for a contract year and struggling defense that desperately needs to rebuild.

  2. nflofficeadmin says: Dec 16, 2013 2:19 PM

    Get some rest peanut.

  3. 2difshoe says: Dec 16, 2013 2:20 PM

    Tillman is a huge loss.

    Week 17, Packers at Chicago…. for the division.
    Detroit is going to lose to the Ravens tonight.

    This is going to be fun !

    Bears

  4. maddbearfan says: Dec 16, 2013 2:21 PM

    Gonna miss ya buddy!!! Get well soon!!!

  5. vdogg says: Dec 16, 2013 2:25 PM

    Time to move to Safety. He’s a ball hawking turnover machine.

  6. citizenstrange says: Dec 16, 2013 2:26 PM

    Why do they have to designate it in advance? Why not allow teams to bring back ANY one player from injured reserve.

    They could just pick which of the guys on their IR seems healthiest at any given time and bring him back.

  7. shlort says: Dec 16, 2013 2:27 PM

    I don’t see where the Bears are in command of anything, as far as the playoffs go. If Detroit is somehow taken out of the equation and Rodgers is back for Green Bay, The Packers have the wheel.

  8. theptfpoet says: Dec 16, 2013 2:28 PM

    Also other people that will not be participating in the playoffs this year:

    The minnesota vikings.

  9. FlashPatterson says: Dec 16, 2013 2:29 PM

    Most overrated player in the league.. especially when Gruden is the announcer.

  10. meatcarroll says: Dec 16, 2013 2:36 PM

    Charles Tillwoman is so overrated. “Hurr he gives up tons of receptions but by golly look at dem forced fumblez~!!”

  11. bearshaterseverywhere says: Dec 16, 2013 2:37 PM

    FlashPatterson says:
    Dec 16, 2013 2:29 PM
    Most overrated player in the league.. especially when Gruden is the announcer.

    ____________________________________

    You mean most Underrated, don’t be a fool!! The guy is a class act and has more forced fumbles in 1 season than any other CB’s career in the entire history of the NFL. I’d rather have Tillman then any of these clowns that claim they’re the best in the game ie. Sherman and Peterson.

  12. 2difshoe says: Dec 16, 2013 2:44 PM

    meatcarroll says:

    Dec 16, 2013 2:36 PM
    Charles Tillwoman is so overrated. “Hurr he gives up tons of receptions but by golly look at dem forced fumblez~!!”

    ————————————————————–
    Carrollthemeatbeater….look up on youtube Tillman strip interception on Randy Moss. Then, talk about receptions.

  13. threedeep1998 says: Dec 16, 2013 2:47 PM

    FlashPatterson says: Dec 16, 2013 2:29 PM

    Most overrated player in the league.. especially when Gruden is the announcer.
    ——————————————————

    Don’t be foolish. I’m a die hard Vikings fan but Peanut Tillman is the jam. Always feared him whenever he was near AP

  14. anthonioustheprettygood says: Dec 16, 2013 2:47 PM

    What a coincidence….There are 52 other players on that very same team that won’t be playing in the playoffs….

  15. lionboy23 says: Dec 16, 2013 2:51 PM

    Yes, his 10 forced fumbles in a season is more than anyone else has ever had for a CB, but that’s not more than anyone else has had in their career. Charles Woodson had 32 total in his career (Tillman has 40, very impressive).

  16. chrisk61 says: Dec 16, 2013 2:54 PM

    nfc north is a mess. det probably wins tonite but loses finale at minn.

    if rodgers comes back next wk, GB could steal div and additionally make some noise in playoffs.

    one word…tiebreakers.

  17. mrwalterisgod says: Dec 16, 2013 2:57 PM

    The Bears are going to the playoffs?

  18. FlashPatterson says: Dec 16, 2013 2:57 PM

    bearshaterseverywhere says:
    You mean most Underrated, don’t be a fool!! The guy is a class act and has more forced fumbles in 1 season than any other CB’s career in the entire history of the NFL. I’d rather have Tillman then any of these clowns that claim they’re the best in the game ie. Sherman and Peterson.
    —————————————-
    Really? You’d really rather have a 32 year old injured corner than one of the two best corners in the league who are both in their early 20s, one of which is a monster kick/punt returner? Don’t drink the water in illinois.

  19. mcmeen0576 says: Dec 16, 2013 3:00 PM

    a move to safety would be the only way Peanut returns. Too old for a rebuilding team.

  20. mantastic54 says: Dec 16, 2013 3:05 PM

    I thought bowman has played fairly well in place of Tillman when you take in to consideration that the dline gets absolutely no pressure

  21. vikingapologist says: Dec 16, 2013 3:09 PM

    Packers Make noise?? Not a chance, this is not even close to a good packer team! I’m a die hard Vikings fan & my pathetic franchise stumbles yearly, I always have respect for what our eastern rivals can put together. This year, even with a healthy Rodgers , they are no match for most playoff teams.

  22. johngaltwho says: Dec 16, 2013 3:12 PM

    Bears wont miss Tillman, its one of those convenient losses. He’s an overrated one trick pony who gets headlines for the occasional successful forced fumble but Im sure gets lambasted in the film room when they review his cadre of missed tackles cause he was too busy punching at the football.

  23. bearshaterseverywhere says: Dec 16, 2013 3:21 PM

    FlashPatterson says:
    Dec 16, 2013 2:57 PM
    bearshaterseverywhere says:
    You mean most Underrated, don’t be a fool!! The guy is a class act and has more forced fumbles in 1 season than any other CB’s career in the entire history of the NFL. I’d rather have Tillman then any of these clowns that claim they’re the best in the game ie. Sherman and Peterson.
    —————————————-
    Really? You’d really rather have a 32 year old injured corner than one of the two best corners in the league who are both in their early 20s, one of which is a monster kick/punt returner? Don’t drink the water in illinois.

    ————————————————-

    Again you’re confused and jumping to false conclusions, I live in Cali……lol!

  24. bearshaterseverywhere says: Dec 16, 2013 3:22 PM

    and yes I would rather have Devin Hester and Charles Tillman than obnoxious young punks like Peterson and Sherman.

  25. blackandbluedivision says: Dec 16, 2013 3:25 PM

    Wow. People who say Peanut Tillman is overrated need to get their heads checked. He’s the only corner that can hold Calvin Johnson in check, when healthy. Don’t let the Bears poor safety play get you confused. The guy is beast.

    Oh, his “cadre of missed tackles” really?

    Oh, and those who say the Bears won’t miss Tillman? You clearly haven’t seen the Bears secondary this year get torched.

  26. dkarras84 says: Dec 16, 2013 3:26 PM

    Peanut will be back next year at free safety, and will be a force fumbling INT having beast. the bears are signing Jennings back and draft one of these guys coming out this year secondary problem solve and if he doesn’t comeback thanks Charles from Chicago

  27. wjarvis says: Dec 16, 2013 3:28 PM

    I’m hoping things don’t get ugly between the Bears and Tillman as they start contract talks. It will be interesting since he’ll only be a year removed from an all pro year, and back to back pro bowl seasons, but he’s also going to be 33 with more and more injuries piling up.

    I’ve always enjoyed Peanut since watching him steal a ball from Randy Moss his rookie year to his recent All-Pro level of play. I get the feeling that he’s probably played his last game as a bear, I hope he’s back next year, but if not thanks for all the times you made me jump out of my seat.

  28. punkyqb says: Dec 16, 2013 3:28 PM

    Lets put this to rest. Ask the best receiver in football Calvin Johnson who’s the best. Sherman is good but he’s a loudmouth punk. If that’s what you want out of a great player stay in your parents basement and play some more xbox.

  29. deweyaxewound says: Dec 16, 2013 3:37 PM

    You clowns commenting that Tillman is “overrated” or a “one trick pony” wouldn’t know good football if it bit you in backside. Or, at least, you haven’t watched him enough to make an intelligent comment about his ability.

    This is a man who – as a rookie – used to own Randy Moss. Ever hear about Calvin Johnson having a huge game against Tillman? No – because throughout their history Tillman’s pretty shut him down. And the takeaways? Unreal, game-changing. I can’t imagine the difference in Chicago’s record over the last few years if it weren’t for Peanut.

    And those are just the tangibles – there’s also the unselfishness, intelligence, leadership, confidence, humor, humility, and off-field contributions to the community.

    Tillman is a superstar, a team player, and a class act in every sense; I’m proud that he’s a Bear, and appreciate his history and success with the Bears (and hope we haven’t seen the last of him – as a Bear).

    I would also say the NFL could use a lot more players like Tillman in it, and less players like the selfish, trash-talking, overrated egomaniacs like Richard Shermann

  30. carpalboss says: Dec 16, 2013 4:00 PM

    Is a missed “Peanut Punch” simply a punch thrown at the ball carrier? Thus should be a “Peanut Penalty”?

  31. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Dec 16, 2013 4:02 PM

    They really don’t need to worry about the playoffs. The Lions will blow the Ravens out tonight at a very loud Ford Field and then beat the Giants and Vikings to go 10-6 and win the NFC North

  32. hurricanegrabowski says: Dec 16, 2013 4:41 PM

    Tillman? Overrated? If anything, he’s underrated. He gives up some plays….name a CB that doesn’t nowadays. But he gets turnovers at a prolific pace, plays the run spectacularly, and is a leader whom his teammates respect. If you think that’s overrated, then your football ignorance is something to behold. He’s not even close to being done.

  33. peopletrains says: Dec 16, 2013 4:53 PM

    Seriously underrated player… plays the game the way its supposed to be played, keeps his mouth shut, and is a great guy off the field. HOFer in my book.

  34. realitycheckbaby says: Dec 16, 2013 7:52 PM

    Charles Cutler?

  35. larryboodry says: Dec 16, 2013 8:30 PM

    Thank you, Peanut, for all your contributions as a Bear…I hope you will be back with us next year.

  36. realitycheckbaby says: Dec 16, 2013 9:35 PM

    Don’t worry Peanut, no Bear players will play in the playoffs.

  37. larryboodry says: Dec 17, 2013 12:54 AM

    johnelwayishorsefaced says: Dec 16, 2013 4:02 PM

    “They really don’t need to worry about the playoffs. The Lions will blow the Ravens out tonight at a very loud Ford Field and then beat the Giants and Vikings to go 10-6 and win the NFC North.”

    Uh-huh…Welcome to third place. Enjoy your stay.

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