Tillman officially done for the season

Pro Bowl cornerback Charles Tillman will not return this year, playoffs or no playoffs, while the Bears will wait until later in the week to see if Lance Briggs can return to action.

When Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman tore his right triceps muscle on Nov. 10 against the Lions, the team was hopeful he'd be able to return late in the season – which is why he was placed on the Injured Reserve/Designated to Return list.

Today, coach Marc Trestman said Tillman is officially done for the 2013 campaign.

"Tillman, he'll be unavailable for the rest of the year," said Trestman. "He's not going to be available to practice for the rest of the season because he's not far enough in his recovery to do that."

Trestman wouldn't say whether or not Tillman had surgery, citing privacy issues. Tillman's contract is up at the end of this season and the injury clouds the two-time Pro Bowlers future with the team.

As for Lance Briggs, who has been out the past seven weeks with a shoulder injury, the team will re-evaluate him later in the week, although it's likely he'll play against the Eagles.

"Lance will practice this week," Trestman said. "It's going to be day to day. I'm reasonably optimistic, but it's going to be through the three days of practice before a decision's made. He'll start practicing on Wednesday; [we'll] make the decision of Friday."

Jeremy Stoltz is Publisher of BearReport.com and a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. He is in his third season covering the Chicago Bears full time. Follow Bear Report on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Bear Report Web site or magazine, click here.

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