LM: Trestman says CB Charles Tillman will be unavailable for rest of season because he’s not far enough along in recovery.
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) December 16, 2013
The Chicago Bears have announced that Charles Tillman will not be reactivated this season after having initially been put on injured reserve with the designation to return early in November. The 32-year old corner was initially diagnosed with a triceps injury and the hope was he would be able to return for a potential playoff run. Unfortunately, he has not recovered enough to make that possible and has been shut down officially.
In 8 games in 2013, Tillman recorded 32 tackles, 3 forced fumbles, 7 pass deflections and 3 interceptions. Despite his age, Tillman just keeps producing and causing turnovers. His ability to force fumbles and get interceptions has not dropped off and he just keeps finding ways to give the Bears offense the ball back or just scoring himself. For his career, Tillman has caused 42 fumbles, intercepted 36 passes and scored 8 touchdowns.
The news is unfortunate for the 8-6 Bears as they have a shot to make the playoffs but their defense has been a huge issue and having a healthy Tillman back would have been a huge boost. The Bears are preparing to go on the road to play the Philadelphia Eagles