Chicago Bears defensive back Charles Tillman has been dealing with a nagging knee injury that has limited his availability this season, but he could be returning on Thursday night against the New York Giants in prime time.
Officially, Tillman is considered a game-time decision.
“All would have been limited today, but we’re optimistic in the next 24 hours they will be ready to go,” head coach Marc Trestman said on Wednesday, via ESPN. “We’ll know more [on Thursday]. We’re optimistic they will all be there but we don’t know for sure.”
Along with Tillman, tight end Martellus Bennett (knee), linebacker Lance Briggs (foot/hip) and defensive tackle Stephen Paea (toe) are all considered game-time calls.
If the Bears are without some of their top playmakers against the Giants, it opens the door for Eli Manning and company to get their first win of the regular season. However, at least some of the injured players should be practicing so Giants fans should pump the brakes and wait it out before getting overly excited about tonight’s game on the NFL Network.