The Bears played the second half of last season without cornerback Charles Tillman because of a right triceps injury.
It looks like they’ll have to play a lot more than that without him this year. Adam Caplan of ESPN reports that the Bears will place Tillman on season-ending injured reserve after he injured the same triceps in Sunday night’s comeback win over the 49ers. The news doesn’t come as much of a shock to anyone who saw an emotional Tillman on the sideline with trainers after leaving the game.
Tillman got the designation to return last season, but never did. That isn’t an option this year with wide receiver Marquess Wilson already tabbed with that once a year option after he broke his collarbone this summer.
Tillman signed a one-year deal to return to Chicago this year, so he’ll be a free agent after the season and that may end his run with the Bears after 12 years. He’ll be 34 before next season without much to show for the last two seasons, which could make for a chilly market should Tillman opt to continue what has been an excellent career.