Report: Charles Tillman done for season with triceps injury

AP

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.

37 responses to “Report: Charles Tillman done for season with triceps injury

  1. I am sorry to hear this and wish him well and a full recovery. Never like to see a guy like him get hurt. Sad news for Bears fans.

  2. He knew it as soon as it happened, too.

    As a Bears fan my heart goes out to Peanut, who very likely has played his last down in an NFL uniform. He is truly one of the good men of the league — in a time when there don’t seem to be very many — and will go down, IMO, as one of the most underrated of all time at his position.

    I am both extraordinarily sad this happened, and very grateful for the mentoring that he clearly has already given his heir apparent, the Bears #1 draft pick Kyle Fuller. Based on what I saw from Fuller last night, the #1 CB position for the Bears is in good hands, and that has to ease Tillman (and his fans’) pain just a little.

  3. One of the classiest players in the game today. It was a great run but it looks like it’s over. Good luck peanut in whatever you do next.Your great person, you’ll be missed.

  4. Noooooooo.

    This might be it for him.

    He had a chilly market for him this offseason. He made it seem like this 1-year deal was it for him. I’d be honored to see him retire a Bear…unlike that Urlacher guy.

    He’s lost a step and Fuller is playing extremely well. I’d hope he retires. Lovie didn’t want him either in Tampa.

  5. I think the “not much to show” is based upon he will have missed 22 of 32 regular season games the last 2 years. Being the same injury 2 years in a row will leave the “damaged goods” tag on him for free agency next year.

  6. Very sad to hear this. Beyond being a great player for the Bears for so many years, he been a class act for the community and I’m sure that will continue well beyond his playing days. You’ll be missed peanut.

  7. If this is it for Peanut, I sure hope he stays with the organization in some capacity (i.e. coach, player development, etc)

    The man is a great role model for players and fans alike.

  8. Crazy, and sad, to think his season will end on that play. Did you see it? All he did was give Crabtree a shove. Boom, torn triceps, season over. Just like that.

  9. @blacknblue Urlacher was a class act as well not to mention in top 3 of almost every lb category for the bears. Just because you may not like how blunt,forward and honest he was and still is about the bears. He never was in trouble off the field and stood out in the community as well. What exactly did he do to have you dismiss him with such disdain? Short sided opinion with no merit is on you sir/ma’am. Tough break for Peanut, one of my favorite bears of the last 30 years. Career is likely over. One of the best on and off the field is Charles Tillman.

  10. One of my favorite Bear player’s ever. He was so underrated for so long. He was easily the best cover 2 corner in football for the vast majority of his career. He was physical, he got up in the receiver’ face, jammed him at the line and rode him through his zone. As good as any corner I’ve ever seen against the run. Throw in his freak gift at being able to punch the ball out like no one else and he’s a potential HOF. Easily the best Bears CB in their history.
    If this is indeed the end, I see him going into the direction of broadcasting. He’s expressed that he would rather talks sports in general than strictly football and has no desire to coach. He’s actually cohosted some talk radio programs in the past and is excellent at it. Smart, funny and just flat out entertaining.

  11. Aw, man…His class and professionalism will be missed on and off the field.

    I hope he comes back as Mel Tucker’s successor…Can you imagine the ‘Peanut Punch’ mentality on that D?

  12. Knowing now what was to come later in the game, it stinks that he just missed on that INT that touched the ground. If this had to be has last NFL game, it would have been nice if he could have had a pick in it. Oh well.

  13. Hadn’t heard his aversion to coaching, if that’s the case then yeah, broadcasting would be perfect for him. He has always been funny and well-spoken in front of a camera.

  14. As a Packer fan, Tillman always gave me fits.
    Great defender and a class act, on and off the field.

    Though he was getting long in the tooth, I’m sure the Bears will miss his experience and that big play ability.
    He reminded me a lot of Charles Woodson.

    Hoping for a quick recovery for him.

  15. majahpayne8950 says:
    Sep 15, 2014 4:20 PM
    @blacknblue Urlacher was a class act as well not to mention in top 3 of almost every lb category for the bears. Just because you may not like how blunt,forward and honest he was and still is about the bears. He never was in trouble off the field and stood out in the community as well. What exactly did he do to have you dismiss him with such disdain? Short sided opinion with no merit is on you sir/ma’am. Tough break for Peanut, one of my favorite bears of the last 30 years. Career is likely over. One of the best on and off the field is Charles Tillman.

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    “class act” He didn’t leave the team with class. Demand more money. Talk bad about the team on the way out. Still talk bad about the team while he’s out.

    “Just because you may not like how blunt,forward and honest he was and still is about the bears.”

    Yea, funny after they let him go. He was saying all the right things. Now he just comes off as a bitter child. You play with class, you move on with class. He was well past his prime and he’s still acting like he’s the class of the NFL when no one wanted to sign him after the Bears let him go.

  16. Charles Tillman is the BEST force fumble CB in the history of the NFL. He will be missed. A roll model for all and hopefully he stays with the Bears as coach. Richard Sherman could learn a lot from Peanut.

    in other news…..

    Where are all the punk Lion’s fans now. Still stinging from the @ss whopping from Carolina. Lion’s fan finally got a dose of reality, so there little punk trolls crawl into their holes : Hyzers, Calvinthegreat, rl7911, mazenblue, lionscometola, all you punks can suck it!

  17. As a fan of one of his division rivals, I’m not going to miss his Peanut Punch crap. But incredibly classy guy, great person off the field, and a great player. Never like to see this happen to anyone.

  18. Too bad, he was a hell of a player just a couple of years ago. Those years really catch up with a guy fast in the NFL. It really is a young mans game. He made life miserable for my Packers. You will be remembered, Peanut. Good luck.

  19. Heartbreaker. Man, would’ve loved to see one more “Peanut Punch” or a pick-six before the curtain dropped.. at least for this season.

    Great, great man. An excellent candidate for “A Football Life”. With all of the bad news going around, it would serve the rest of the NFL well to see how this man goes about his life. Make that happen NFL Films!

    I truly hope the Bears bring him back in the same capacity as Chris Harris for the rest of the year. Charles would make an excellent sideline coach/mentor to a secondary that’s clearly going to need it.

    Good luck, Mr. Tillman. We’re still rooting for you!

  20. When I was 11 and at my first training camp practice, Charles Tillman stayed after practice and talked with me and my dad for 10 minutes afterwords. I still have the football he signed for me in my closet.

    My all-time favorite player, and one of the most humble and down-to-earth players the NFL has ever seen. He, in my mind, is the best Bears DB ever, and I hope he gets serious HOF consideration.

    People will be talking about the “Peanut Punch” for decades.

    If he’s interested in coaching, I hope the bears bring him in. I would hate to see him go.

  21. Sad for Peanut as the muscle snapped on such an innocuous play.

    Let the docs fix it and talk to Phil about how willing you are to return in 2015 as a safety. Otherwise, file the retirement papers because Fuller’s not giving the CB job back.

  22. Either he still has it, or Trestman deliberately benched a better player.

    Come back next year, Peanut, even as a backup.

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