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Bears returning to health in time for Redskins game

Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman (33) warms up before an NFL football game against New Orleans Saints Sunday Oct. 6

Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman (33) warms up before an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, in Chicago.(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

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Updated: October 16, 2013 10:01PM



The banged-up Bears are starting to feel better.

Cornerback Charles Tillman didn’t practice Wednesday but is expected to play Sunday against the Redskins, coach Marc Trestman said.

“We’re going to ease him in this week and give him a little more [Thursday] and Friday, but he’s feeling good,” Trestman said.

Defensive tackle Stephen Paea (toe) and linebacker James Anderson (back) practiced on a limited basis, but Trestman said both looked good. Safety Major Wright (knee) and special-teamer Anthony Walters (hamstring) also were limited.

Tight end Martellus Bennett (knee) didn’t practice, but “he did some work walking through with the team and moving around on the sidelines [and] did some individual [drills],” Trestman said.

Coach’s decision

Defensive end Julius Peppers was held out of practice because of a coach’s decision, according to the injury report. Peppers participated in stretches during the period open to the media.

The Bears said Peppers’ status is not in doubt for Sunday and that the decision to have Peppers sit was not injury-related.

A fine amount

Receiver Brandon Marshall was fined $10,500 by the NFL for wearing lime-green cleats against the Giants. Marshall, who wore the cleats to raise awareness for mental health, will make a matching donation to a charity. He said it was absolutely worth it.

“We had a group out in California run some numbers for us, and just the coverage and awareness that spread after the game was like $75,000 worth of coverage,” Marshall said. “That’s after the game, not speaking as far as the four quarters. So it was good. It was successful. I would have done it for [$30,000].”

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