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CB Charles Tillman ready to go vs. Packers

Updated: December 4, 2013 6:47AM



Asked about which throws Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers makes are the most difficult to defend, cornerback Charles Tillman’s eyes widened.

‘‘Hell, every pass he throws is hard to defend, just because he’s that good,’’ Tillman said Saturday. ‘‘He’s got a lot of precision in his arm.’’

Tillman called the Packers’ potent attack, which features the fourth-best rushing offense and fifth-best passing offense heading into Week 9, a ‘‘pick your poison’’ situation for the Bears’ defense.

‘‘We as a defense, who have been struggling, I definitely think that this is a good game for us to showcase what we were focusing on with these two weeks off,’’ Tillman said. ‘‘And that was just really on us, focusing on the fundamentals of what we do.’’

The Bears are thankful Tillman will be out there doing what he does. A nagging injury to his right knee won’t keep him out. The bye week and sitting out practices last week helped.

‘‘I got to rest my knee,’’ said Tillman, who officially is listed as probable with safety Major Wright (knee) and special-teamer Blake Costanzo (knee). ‘‘I’m able to do 10 times more than I was able to earlier in the season. [The bye week] was very beneficial for my knee.’’

Tillman has been dealing with inflammation in his right knee for several weeks. He has missed practices, sat out the game against the New York Giants and has been limited in other games. He didn’t finish the Bears’ last game Oct. 20 against the Washington Redskins.

Tillman, though, said he isn’t concerned that his knee will be a chronic problem. Right now, he’s focused on doing what he can to fix the defense.

‘‘Coaches can only take so much blame,’’ Tillman said. ‘‘At some point in time, some of that blame has to go on the players, and I take full responsibility for my group not playing well. I’m sure [defensive end Julius Peppers] takes it for his, and I’m sure [linebacker] Lance [Briggs] takes it for his group.

‘‘[It’s] definitely frustrating because this is something I’ve never been a part of — giving up that many points. It’s foreign to me . . . and I definitely don’t like it.’’

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