Chicago Bears' Charles Tillman out indefinitely after back surgery

One condition of all the optimism accompanying Jay Cutler and the Bears to training camp Thursday was the return of a hungry, healthy defense. Read more
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Glenn

Naperville, IL

#1 Jul 27, 2009
I don't get it. Why don't they have these surgeries closer to the end of the season so they recover in time for training camp? They sure make enough money to be able to dedicate the proper amount of off season time toward getting their body where it needs to be healthwise.

Guess Peanut is more worried about his free time than how his team will perform. Selfish player.
Roy

Philadelphia, PA

#2 Jul 27, 2009
We just have to face it, our corners will always be injured, we need more proven depth.
Kevin

Coronado, CA

#3 Jul 27, 2009
Might be a good time for some new blood at CB anyway.

Wouldn't it be nice to have a top quality pro-bowl CB year after year. Not sure if we have that now, but Tillman is NOT that.

I remember at least 2 very embarrasing opponent TDs last year. Maybe they blamed the safety, but in the replays Tillman sure looked bad.

Now, we just need somebody else to step up.
Jeff

Broadview Heights, OH

#4 Jul 27, 2009
No loss here...Tillman is awful. I've been hoping for years the Bears would dump him and get a real cornerback. Yes, Tillman strips the ball AFTER a receiver makes a catch, but wouldn't it be refreshing to actually see him intercept a pass or defense a pass thrown his way? This guy is way overrated and needs to go before he costs the Bears' more games (Panthers championship game). Dump the bum and get a real corner for cryin' out loud!
FranktheBearsFan

United States

#5 Jul 27, 2009
Not worried about this in any way whatsoever. Better to get it cleaned up now and be healthy for the season. This will give Bowman, who has shown some extremely positive signs dating back to last year, to get some invaluable reps with the 1st team defense.

Everyone just relax. There's more than enough time for Peanut to get healthy. Can't wait for Training Camp to open!! Go Bears!!
BKB

Mount Prospect, IL

#6 Jul 27, 2009
Not good getting ready to play the cheeseheads..
Brad

Arlington Heights, IL

#7 Jul 27, 2009
Cutler, Cutler, Cutler...thats all we heard in the offseason, and yes Im happy that he's our QB. However, who else thinks the defense is gonna be the weak link this year, not a lack of receivers for Cutler?
Flag on the Play

Chicago, IL

#8 Jul 27, 2009
Nice photo of Peanut tackling Jennings well before the ball arrives.

“Let's rock!!”

Since: Oct 07

Aurora, IL

#9 Jul 27, 2009
I'm going to pray to the Gods of Football that Zack Bowman shows the form he hinted at last season, before his biceps injury.

Sheesh! All these back problems...I wonder how Urlacher is doing with his neck??

Fuggit, GO BEARS!
Judge Smails

United States

#10 Jul 27, 2009
You've got 7 months off, and on the eve of training camp you have arthroscopic surgery. Who's the team doctor, Elmer P. Fudd?
Jim C

Chicago, IL

#11 Jul 27, 2009
bowman will take tillman's place and make the pro bowl
Pearl

North Aurora, IL

#12 Jul 27, 2009
Glenn wrote:
I don't get it. Why don't they have these surgeries closer to the end of the season so they recover in time for training camp? They sure make enough money to be able to dedicate the proper amount of off season time toward getting their body where it needs to be healthwise.
Guess Peanut is more worried about his free time than how his team will perform. Selfish player.
... I was just thinking the same thing. Why wait until now. I wish a reporter would ask that question too.
dalmatian847

West Lafayette, IN

#13 Jul 27, 2009
It's a good thing they got Culter. Every game will be a shoot-out with the Bears defense.
dalmatian847

West Lafayette, IN

#14 Jul 27, 2009
Jim C wrote:
bowman will take tillman's place and make the pro bowl
Bowman's new nickname will be toast. The Bears D is going to be awful.

Since: Jul 09

Aurora, IL

#15 Jul 27, 2009
First, I can't believe it's already football season. I like Bowman, he could surprise a lot of people. I don't know if I would go so far as to suggest he'll make the Pro-Bowl, but he is very good based on what I saw last year.
Palinesk

Dubuque, IA

#16 Jul 27, 2009
All these pro athletes wait until just before a season starts and has surgery.The bears could have drafted a corner,cover 2 or cover myself. The cover 2 is a joke in Chicago they get burned everytime. Tillman is selfesh.
Volleydog in Germany

Niedernberg, Germany

#17 Jul 27, 2009
He waits until now to have the surgery!? What was wrong have the surgery back in Jan/Feb time frame? Seriously I wonder about the thought process of these guys
USMC Bears Fan

Apo, AE

#18 Jul 27, 2009
Tillman is a workhorse and a solid CB. Even though he has given up huge plays from time to time, he can always be counted on. At the same time the lower back of a defensive player, especially a CB who has to constantly shift weight and twist in coverage, shouldn't be messed with. They're going to need him so I hope when he's ready, he's really ready. Knowing him, he'll play before he's 100% and that's fine as long as he doesn't aggravate it and can't be there for the long haul.

On another note...Am I the only one that thinks Aaron Rodgers is given a little too much credit? IMO, Bears fans should be looking East to Detroit rather than North in the coming years to see the real threat.
USMC Bears Fan

Apo, AE

#19 Jul 27, 2009
I think when it comes to the human back, especially the spine, they're not going to opt to go under the knife until it's determined absolutely necessary. A player can play with a slipped disk, but in an extreme amount of pain. Plus, if the surgeon blows too many lines the night before and has a muscle twitch, there goes the central nervous system.
Griff

Rock Island, IL

#20 Jul 27, 2009
I think everyone knows that it's time for Chicago to build a new secondary. We've had the luxury of a top defense for most of the last decade, and it's time to face the TRUTH. Our defensive backs can't cover ANYBODY anymore. Vasher has lost more than a step, Mike Brown is long gone, and Peanut is aging rapidly as the injuries take their toll.

We have maybe two years tops before the linebackers need to be upgraded. The defensive line, always suspect, is stocked with veterans who while quality pass rushers and run stoppers, are just as prone to injury due to their age as well.

Now myself I believe that we can really return to defensive form, but we simply have to have some guys step up and commit to bottling up the receivers for at least for 6 or 7 seconds to allow the lineman time to close in on the quarterback. If we can get pressure we can stop anybody, but it ain't gonna happen if their receivers are allowed to run wild. time to step up guys.

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