Bears place Charles Tillman on injured reserve


Charles Tillman’s season with Chicago has officially reached a close.

The Bears have placed the 12th-year cornerback on injured reserve with a right triceps injury, the team announced Monday. A similar injury ended his 2013 season.

Tillman, 33, is an unrestricted free agent at season’s end. He indicated Monday he will work to return from his latest injury, which was suffered in the third quarter of Sunday’s win at San Francisco.

“I know this feeling way too well, but this isn’t the end of the road for me,” Tillman said, according to “As I rehab my injury, my role will transition to helping coach and support my teammates. I will be at Halas Hall and do everything I can to help our team reach its goals.”

Tillman has played his entire career with Chicago. He was named 2013 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year, which recognizes excellence in on-field and community work.

First-round pick Kyle Fuller stepped in for Tillman on Sunday night and starred, intercepting a pair of passes. But losing Tillman’s experience and playmaking ability is certainly a blow to the Bears’ defense. A starter for Chicago since his rookie season of 2003, Tillman has forced 42 fumbles and intercepted 36 passes in regular season play.

29 responses to “Bears place Charles Tillman on injured reserve

  1. Sad news!

    I really hope this isn’t the end of his career. Peanut makes Richard Sherman look foolish. Never spouts off, just goes to work and does his job. And a very good job. I said yesterday he is by far the best when it comes to causing fumbles. And it’s not even close!

    I’d love to see him healthy next year. But if he doesn’t, he should easily go down as one of the best DB’s at creating turnovers. Bear fans, you guys had an awesome DB for a long time with Peanut.

  2. The Bears lose experience but not playmaking ability. Kyle Fuller was a ball hawk and playmaker at Virginia Tech. He’ll likely be defensive rookie of the year.

  3. Phil Emery looks like a genius now 2 ways. #1 for taking Fuller and #2 for bringing back Tillman to mentor him. This really stinks but the Bears front office can’t waste too much time being sad… they have a lot of other work to do too with as many of their players as have gotten banged up the first two games. Lots of roster moves coming this week I think.

  4. This really sucks. One of the best corners over the past decade, and an even better person off the field. While he was great at creating turnovers (btw, ave a forced fumble or interception every other game—flat out ridiculous), he also did a better job covering big wrs like Moss and Megatron than any other corner I ever watched, and was a flat out beast for a corner in run support. And none of that matters nearly as much to as much as what he has done off the field for our troops and the families of children with cancer. Great player, better person. If this is it, then thank you from this and about every other Bears fan on the planet.

  5. Lifelong Packer fan here. Get well Charles, and come back strong next year! You are a class individual, and it’s an honor to see my team play against you. You epitomize what a pro football player would be.

  6. trollingpatsfan says: Sep 15, 2014 6:25 PM

    Lmao couldn’t happen to a more deserving guy
    I’ll make sure to bring you up any time Patriot fans talk about class. Also what’s with all the injuries yesterday? It seems like the 2014 Pro Bowl is going to be composed of guys whose only skill was playing 16 games.

  7. As soon as they showed the shot of him with tears streaming down his face I knew he was done. I hope this isn’t the last act for him. And if it is then he passes the torch to Fuller. And Fuller has some big shoes to fill.

    Peanut is a true shut-down corner. You won’t read any snappy quotes in the press. He won’t let you know how good he is. He takes care of his business on and off the field. Sherman should grow up and take a lesson on how a true corner conducts himself on and off the field.

    Rice, Peterson, Hardy, McDonald, Gordon, Welker….. My kids can look up to Peanut instead. Bear Down!!!

  8. Forget the numbers and all the on field accolades. Tillman’s legacy will be seen as a true gentleman and a man of principle and good deeds. While I love all that he did as a Chicago Bear, I am more proud of the man he was. In a time where the ugliness of today’s self important athlete seems to rise to the top, Peanut was always about team, honor and respect. Thank you for the opportunity to watch you, kid…

  9. I am not a Bears fan, but Peanut is pure class. Hope he has a speedy recovery and success in whatever he does next, whether it is play again, go into coaching, or any other endeavor.

  10. Packer fan here.
    Just wanted to say he will be missed in our rivalry, great player with tons of heart as well as a class act on and off the field. Get well soon!

  11. We hear about all the NFL players with problems and the real story is a great player like Tillman. Hope he comes back or stays with the Bears in a non-playing role.

  12. Peanut has always been a class act but I fear this injury will be the end of a stellar career. He is a true, Monster of the Midway and in my opinion, worthy of the Hall of Fame. I wish for two things:
    1) That he can return and eventually retire on his own terms.
    2) The Bears retain him to coach if this is the end of his time on the field.
    Kyle Fuller did a stupendous job when he stepped in, think how much more dangerous he’ll be with Peanut mentoring.
    Get well Peanut, you’ll be missed.

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