Peppers, Tillman both expected to play

Peppers, Tillman both expected to play
September 18, 2013, 4:45 pm
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Coach Marc Trestman had the Bears again practicing indoors at their Halas Hall complex – he kiddingly said it was because long-time equipment guru Tony Medlin said rain was coming – but without several starters able to fully participate.

Cornerback Charles Tillman was held out for “precautionary” reasons to rest his knee after a mild strain in last Sunday’s win over the Minnesota Vikings. Tight end Martellus Bennett was limited after bruising his right shoulder trying to haul in a pass and landing hard, and guard Kyle Long (back) also was limited.

Defensive end Julius Peppers was at practice and in no mood to talk about his absent sacks or the flu-like illness that hampered him last week and into the Minnesota game.

“I’m feeling fine,” he declared. Asked how his health had affect t---

“I’m feeling fine,” he repeated. “I’m not interested in talking about the first two weeks right now. My focus is on Pittsburgh and winning the game this week.”

In case that wasn’t clear: “This week [the pass rush is] going to be improved. I’m not interested in talking about anything from last week. My focus is on Pittsburgh and getting better.”