Tillman has decided to retire from the NFL, Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer reports.
Tillman expressed a desire to remain with the Panthers for the upcoming season, but after coming off a torn ACL, the team likely didn't want to take the risk of rostering the 13-year veteran. Instead, he'll hang up his cleats and end his career playing 12 seasons with the Bears and one with the Panthers. Tillman will be best known as a two-time Pro Bowler (2011, 2012), a one-time First-Team All-Pro (2012) and a Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year (2013).
Tillman (knee) is hopeful to re-sign with the Panthers but won't be ready for a few more months after undergoing knee surgery in January, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.
In an interview over the weekend at former Bears teammate Matt Forte's football camp, Tillman told reporters, "I just want to play for Carolina." However, head coach Ron Rivera has consistently reiterated throughout the offseason that the team feels no urgency to sign a veteran cornerback. Once fully healthy, Tillman seems like a favorable option to bring back if the Panthers are looking to add more depth at corner, but until then it appears the 35-year-old will be waiting in the wings.
Tillman (knee) will have surgery to repair his torn ACL on Wednesday, the Charlotte Observer reports.
Tillman has already been placed on season-ending injured reserve after tearing his ACL in Week 17. While his veteran wisdom should be valuable to the Panthers' secondary going forward, his injury adds to teammate Bene Benwikere's (leg) to leave Carolina a bit thin in that area. At this time, Tillman has reportedly not made a decision about retirement, but that will probably come some time after the Panthers' season ends.
Tillman (knee) has been placed on injured reserve, Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.
Tillman was playing with a partially torn ACL, knowing that he could suffer a full tear at any moment. It finally happened in Week 17, leaving the Carolina secondary without two of its top three cornerbacks for the playoffs, as Bene Benwikere suffered a broken leg in Week 14. Robert McClain will likely be the new starter across from Josh Norman, with Cortland Finnegan serving as the nickelback. Set to turn 35 in February, Tillman will likely give some thought to retirement despite proving that he's still a starting-caliber player. If he does decide to come back, he'll face a serious challenge to be ready by Week 1. Either way, he'll be universally regarded as one of his generation's top defensive backs, likely garnering serious consideration for the Hall of Fame.
Tillman (knee) suffered a torn ACL during Sunday's win over the Buccaneers, the Charlotte Observer reports.
Tillman will miss the remainder of this season, potentially bringing his wildly successful 13-year career to an end as well. The 34-year-old had been playing through a partially torn ACL, so Sunday's injury was a known risk taken by the veteran. With Tillman out, Robert McClain is expected to start at cornerback opposite Josh Norman.
Tillman tallied five tackles (four solo), an interception and a forced fumble in Sunday's win over the Giants.
Tillman returned to the field in a big way on Sunday after a knee injury kept him out of the last four games. The veteran corner was responsible for two turnovers, including the only interception in the game, and he made a big impact on the edge from a tackling perspective. Tillman doesn't hold a ton of value as an IDP, but he does get a lot of passes thrown his way with teammate Josh Norman on the other side of the field.
Tillman (knee) is active Sunday against the Giants.
After putting in limited practices Wednesday and Thursday, Tillman put in a full session Friday and will be back in the lineup at right cornerback after missing four games. On the season, he's posted only a single interception to go along with 43 tackles.
Tillman (knee) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Giants.
Tillman logged full practices Wednesday and Friday, sandwiched around a limited showing Thursday. His expected return carries added importance, as the Panthers recently lost fellow cornerback Bene Benwikere (leg) for the remainder of the season. Tillman should thus be locked in as an every-down player across from Josh Norman, with Cortland Finnegan likely manning the slot.
Tillman (knee) practiced in a limited capacity Thursday, the Panthers' official site reports.
In the aftermath of drills, head coach Ron Rivera tabbed Tillman as "practice tired," according to Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer. The comments are one day removed from Rivera calling Tillman "a little rusty" after a full practice showing, placing a question mark over his potential to return from a four-game absence Sunday versus the Giants in New York.
Tillman (knee) practiced fully Wednesday, Bryan Strickland of the Panthers' official site reports. Afterward, head coach Ron Rivera said, "He had a good day and did everything in the live drills, showing all the movements you need to have in your corner. He was a little rusty - the conditioning wasn't where it needed to be - but he moved around good...The biggest test will be tomorrow to make sure everything is fine, and then we'll go from there."
The aforementioned rustiness isn't a surprise after missing the past four games with a hyperextended right knee, but Tillman appears on track to return Sunday against the Giants in New York. Nonetheless, he must navigate practice this week without a setback to ensure that comes to fruition.
Tillman (knee) is officially inactive for Sunday's game against the Falcons.
Bene Benwikere should get the start in Tillman's place.
Tillman (knee) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Falcons, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.
Tillman has been a limited participant all week in practice which isn't a reassuring sign for Panthers' fans. This could be Tillman's fourth straight game on the sidelines while dealing with a swollen knee. Bene Benwikere will likely grab the start if Tillman isn't able to go.
Tillman (knee) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice.
Tillman is progressing in his recovery from a hyperextended right knee, which has included back-to-back limited practice sessions to start the week. However, he's in line to log a fourth consecutive absence, despite increasing his practice reps Thursday, head coach Ron Rivera relayed to Steve Reed of the Associated Press. If Tillman remains in street clothes Sunday against the Falcons, Bene Benwikere would receive another start at cornerback opposite Josh Norman.
Tillman is dealing with a hyperextended right knee, the Charlotte Observer reports.
The injury will force the veteran cornerback to miss his third consecutive game, with the signing of Cortland Finnegan suggesting that Tillman might miss time beyond Week 13. Josh Norman and Bene Benwikere are thus slated to handle the Panthers' starting cornerback duties this weekend.
Tillman (knee) is listed as out for Sunday's game against the Saints.
Look for Bene Benwikere to get the start at cornerback in Tillman's place in Sunday's road tilt against the Saints.
Tillman (knee) didn't practice Wednesday, Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer reports.
Afterward, head coach Ron Rivera told Max Henson of the Panthers' official site that he remains concerned with Tillman, which intimates that a third straight DNP could come to fruition Sunday at New Orleans. In the grand scheme of things, ensuring that Tillman is healthy for the postseason will likely determine his return to game action.
Tillman (knee) expects to return for Sunday's game in New Orleans, Steve Reed of The Associated Press reports.
Tillman missed the last two games with a knee injury, but he did log a pair of limited practices prior to a Thanksgiving win over the Cowboys. He'll presumably step right back in as a starter if he's able to play.
Tillman (knee) is inactive for Sunday's matchup against the Redskins.
With Tillman on the shelf after missing two days of practice this week, look for Bene Benwikere to draw the start at cornerback opposite Josh Norman. This may leave the door open for Kirk Cousins and the Washington offense to target the second-year player in the passing attack.
Tillman (knee) is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Redskins.
The veteran corner woke up Thursday with a swollen knee, which cause him to miss practice later that day. The severity of the injury is still unknown, but listing Tillman as doubtful is not a good sign for Panthers' fans. Look for Bene Benwikere to get the start Sunday if Tillman can't go.
Tillman (knee) did not practice Thursday, Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Tillman awoke Thursday morning with a swollen knee, so the Panthers opted for the veteran to miss practice to receive treatment. Considering his age, it's likely Tillman will continue to deal with aches and pains throughout the rest of his career, so it doesn't appear as if this injury is too serious. Unless the 34-year-old misses practice again Friday, he should be able to play against the Redskins on Sunday.