The weekly injury watch picked up on Wednesday with some better news than the Bears have had the past couple weeks at this time.
If there was a shadow cast over the day, it was defensive end Julius Peppers sitting out practice for what the team only reported as “coach’s decision.” On the plus side, however, no injury was reportedly involved in the decision, making it more in the vein of a “veteran’s day off” as routinely planned for under Lovie Smith.
Charles Tillman (knee) did not practice but for the first time in several Wednesdays, coach Marc Trestman was virtually certain that his Pro Bowl cornerback would be able to start on Sunday at Washington after missing the Giants game with the short week.
Indications are that the Bears will get No. 1 nose tackle back as well, with Stephen Paea practicing on a limited basis and expected back Sunday after missing the last two games with a toe injury.
Tight end Martellus Bennett, however, did not practice and is “day to day” according to Trestman. Defensive end Julius Peppers also was held out of practice for what was termed “coach’s decision.”
Linebacker James Anderson (back), safety Anthony Walters (hamstring) and safety Major Wright (knee) were limited.
Washington, on the other hands, had only cornerback David Amerson (concussion) and nose tackle Chris Nelid (calf) limited in practice.