The relatively injury free Bears have a significant “questionable” hanging over their trip to Pittsburgh as cornerback Charles Tillman finished the week practicing only on a limited basis and officially “questionable” with a sore knee from the Minnesota game.
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“He worked about half the [practice] reps,” coach Marc Trestman said on Friday. “We’ll leave it up to Charles and our trainers to see where he is. We’re optimistic. But we don’t know right now.”
Zackary Bowman has worked in Tillman’s spot this week and will start if Tillman is down. Bowman has started 16 career games but the last one was in 2011.
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On the other side, Pittsburgh is expecting team MVP and two-time Pro Bowl tight end Heath Miller to play his first game of 2013 on Sunday, possibly starting against the Bears. Miller had reconstructive knee surgery last January after leading the Steelers with 71 receptions.