However when swelling in his right knee increased on Monday, the team began the severity of the injury. Further tests revealed Tillman has a hairline fracture in the soft tissue on the outer part of the knee. While the injury will not require surgery, he will not be back until mid November at the earliest.
The news comes following the loss of Mike Brown for the year because of a ruptured right Achilles tendon. He's scheduled to have surgery Thursday and should be ready for mini-camp next April.
Easing McMillon and Vasher into things will be difficult, as the Bears travel to Minnesota Sunday to play the Vikings, who arguably have the best receiver in the game in Randy Moss.
"That's an athlete right there," McMillon said of Moss.
The Bears might consider using R.W. McQuarters to shadow Moss throughout the game.
"We will consider everything Sunday," Smith said. "That's always an option to do that."
"You can't double cover him always, you have to be able to just man up from time to time and try not to let him get big plays as much as anything. We can live with him catching a couple short passes underneath. We would like for guys to catch the ball underneath and we like to sprint and get 11 guys taking a shot at him. That would be an ideal world for us. We of course assume they're going to try to throw it deep and throw it deep often."
When McQuarters missed the preseason finale with a hamstring injury, McMillon saw quite a bit of playing time and found out he was the target of the opposing offense.
"Yeah being a corner that's the name of the game. That's pressure being out there on that island by yourself," McMillon said. "If I was bigger I would have played linebacker, but I'm not so I'm a corner so I've got to deal with it."
There's no set formula with the Bears secondary. The coaching staff is going to try different combinations until something works.
"Really you have to look at both combinations," Smith said. "This week we're going to look at both of them and kind of decide a little bit later on in the week exactly which way we'll go as far as who will start. All three guys will play, though."
The Bears have two sacks through two games. Minnesota could be the perfect opponent to get the pass rush on track.
Meaning, Adewale Ogunleye will have the chance to take advantage of backup Adam Haaver.
"They know that we got to come after them, but I know he's not the starter so I'm going to try to work him over," Ogunleye said.