With the Chicago Bears victory over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, optimism grew that the Bears would be making an appearance in the playoffs this season. With that, optimism also grew that cornerback Charles Tillman will play again this season.
After suffering a torn triceps injury against the Detroit Lions on November 10, Tillman was placed on the Injured Reserved list with the designation of returning. Tillman was eligible to return to the Bears in the playoffs. However, a Tillman’s return was ruled out on Monday by head coach Marc Trestman.
“Tillman will be unavailable for the rest of the year,” Trestman said. “He’s not going to be available to practice for the rest of the regular season because he’s not far enough in his recovery to do that.”-Marc Trestman, ESPN Chicago
Zack Bowman has been playing in place of Tillman this season. Bowman has played well in place of Tillman this season including having a two-interception game against the Browns on Sunday.
Tillman is set to become a free agent after the season. A common criticism of the Bears defense of late has been that the unit needs to get younger. That sentiment may result in the departure of Tillman. Tillman will be 33 years old in February, and with injuries beginning to pile up, the Bears may look to part ways with the veteran cornerback after the season.
If the Bears do make the playoffs this season, Tillman will continue to be a cheer-leader for his teammates.