The Bears expect some good news this week with the return of linebacker Lance Briggs to a defense in need of its stars. But they will not be getting cornerback Charles Tillman back this year after all, not even for the playoffs should those include the Bears.
Tillman was in the locker room last week with a large brace on his right arm to protect the torn triceps that landed him on injured reserve after the Oct. 10 New York Giants game with the hope of being back for any postseason play.
Coach Marc Trestman ended that hope on Monday, confirming that Tillman will not be back for any portion of this season, but withheld any information regarding surgery on the grounds of respecting Tillman’s privacy.
“He was in his recovery process and that’s really where it started: the recovery process,” Trestman said. “And then it became apparent over time that he wouldn’t be available.”
The situation means that Zackary Bowman, whose two interceptions Sunday against Cleveland were game-turning, will remain as the starter opposite Tim Jennings.
Tillman is a free agent after this season.