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Charles Tillman sits, but Zack Bowman fills in admirably

Updated: October 11, 2013 12:23AM



It took three plays for Zack Bowman to make an impact Thursday night.

Subbing for an injured Charles Tillman, the 28-year-old cornerback picked off Eli Manning’s second pass attempt and returned it 24 yards to the Giants’ 12.

Bowman’s first interception since 2009 didn’t lead to points — the Bears flopped on fourth-and-two — but it settled some concerns about replacing Tillman.

Tillman has been nursing a knee injury since before the Week 3 game in Pittsburgh. His streak of 53 consecutive starts came to an end.

The Bears have treated him gently in practice the last two weeks. He developed a groin injury in part because he favored his injured knee.

Tillman was held out of practice the Wednesdays and Thursdays before the Lions and Saints games, but he practiced on a limited basis those Fridays and managed to play.

Though the Bears didn’t practice this week, they filed an injury report as though they did.

Tillman would have been held out of all three practices.

Among cornerbacks, only Dallas’ Brandon Carr and Washington’s DeAngelo Hall had started more consecutive games.

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