Charles Tillman misses Bears practice; Bennett, Long limited
BY PATRICK FINLEY Staff Reporter September 18, 2013 7:45PM
Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman (33) warms up before an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Updated: October 20, 2013 7:43AM
Three Bears starters were hampered by injuries Wednesday, while a fourth felt better after another slow game.
Cornerback Charles Tillman did not participate in practice because of a lingering knee injury, a move coach Marc Trestman called precautionary.
“He should be ready to go in practice [Thursday],” Trestman said.
Tight end Martellus Bennett, who injured his shoulder Sunday, and Kyle Long, who has a back issue, were limited.
Defensive end Julius Peppers said he felt “fine” after battling flu symptoms; through two games, he has neither a sack nor a quarterback hurry.
“I’m not interested in talking about the [first] two weeks right now,” Peppers said.
Defensive coordinator Mel Tucker he felt “real good” about Peppers in practice.
After setting a franchise record with 249 kickoff-return yards, Devin Hester was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for an NFL-record 13th time.
“I can’t remember a game where I had five returns,” Hester said.
“The opportunity was there.”
Hester jokingly said he can keep up the pace “as long as they’re kicking to me.”
Special teams coach Joe DeCamillis called Hester explosive.
“On that first kickoff return [Sunday], when you watch him stick his foot in the ground — not a lot of guys can do that,” he said.
This and that
On Monday, Bennett referred to the brainy Trestman as “the first Willy Wonka” — think actor Gene Wilder, not Johnny Depp.
“Willy Wonka was a genius as well,” running back Matt Forte said Wednesday. “I mean, look at what he did with the chocolate factory.”
Trestman said he “wouldn’t even know who Willy Wonka is,” and laughed at Bennett’s assertion.
“Martellus is from a different place,” he said.
◆ Steelers tight end Heath Miller practiced in full after recovering from reconstructive knee surgery.
Cornerback Cortez Allen (ankle) and defensive end Brett Keisel (calf) did not participate for the Steelers, while running back Le’Veon Bell (foot) and linebacker Jarvis Jones (heel) were limited.