Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman left last night's contest in the third quarter with a triceps injury and never returned. ESPN's Adam Caplan is reporting the Bears will place Tillman on injured reserve, ending his season.
Tillman, who has played every snap of his 12-year career for the Bears, was seen crying on the sidelines after the injury. It's possible the 33-year-old, who signed just a one-year contract this offseason, has played his final snap as a member of the navy and orange.
Tillman, a two-time Pro Bowler, will be remembered most for his penchant to create turnovers. His 36 career interceptions are third most in franchise history. He ranks first in the 95-year history of the team with 675 interception return yards, eight interception return touchdowns and nine defensive return touchdowns.
Since entering the league in 2003, Tillman is tied for fifth in the NFL in interceptions (36) and interception return yards (675), second in interception return touchdowns (8) and forced fumbles (42), and fifth in pass defended (132).
Tillman was named the Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2013.
Rookie Kyle Fuller, who had two interceptions in last night's contest, will take Tillman's spot in the starting lineup.
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