When Chicago placed cornerback Charles Tillman on injured reserve in November, the team made the move with the hope that Tillman would be able to return if the Bears made the playoffs. That's not going to happen though.
Coach Marc Trestman said on Monday that Tillman's season is over, even if Chicago does manage to make the postseason. "Tillman will be unavailable for the rest of the year," Trestman said.
Tillman was placed on injured reserve on Nov. 11 after injuring his triceps in the Bears' loss to the Lions in Week 10. Tillman was put on IR with a return designation, meaning he would have been eligible to return to practice on Dec. 23.
"He's not going to be available to practice for the rest of the regular season because he's not far enough in his recovery to do that," Trestman said.
The IR return designation also meant Tillman would have been eligible to return to game action in January, so he would have been able to play in the first round of the playoffs if he was healthy enough.
Trestman was asked on Monday if Tillman had surgery on the triceps injury, but he wasn't exactly forthcoming, "That would be a privacy issue," Trestman said. "I can't discuss that. We've respected Charles' privacy on that matter."
With Tillman officially done for the season, that could mean the 32-year-old is officially done in Chicago. Age and money -- Tillman is making $8 million this season -- could keep the Bears from re-signing the 11-year veteran. Tillman has been in Chicago since the Bears selected him in the second round of the 2003 NFL Draft.