Chicago Bears Injury Update: Charles Tillman to Injured Reserve, Jay Cutler out against Ravens

Jonathan Daniel

The Chicago Bears playoff hopes took another hit today, as Pro Bowl corner back Charles Tillman went on injured reserve a designation to return. His regular season is over. The earliest he could return is eight weeks for the Playoffs. Yes, I'm talking about the Playoffs.

Yesterday against the Detroit Lions, Charles Tillman suffered an injury to his triceps that could end his career in Chicago.

The Bears placed him on the injured reserve with a designation to return, but the earliest he could return is in eight weeks. His regular season is over, and as a free agent to be, so too could his Bears career.

"Potentially, possibly, yeah," Tillman said to a question about that prospect. "But I guess I hadn't really thought about it until you just said it. So, thanks, for spoiling the mood."

Early in the game, Tillman delivered one of his patented Peanut Punches to Calvin Johnson, then left the game with an apparent injury. He quickly returned, but at some point in the second half he, "felt something kind of strain or perhaps tear. I just felt a sharp pain."

With Tillman out, it will be Zack Bowman the next man up at corner.

Tillman is the 5th Chicago Bears defender to go on injured reserve joining, nickleback Kelvin Hayden, DTs Henry Melton and Nate Collins, and middle linebacker D.J. Williams.

Jay Cutler had his ankle rolled up on late in the 1st half, and he was taped up at halftime. He was unable to finish the game, and his mobility was getting worse and worse as the game progressed. Today it was learned that he has a high ankle sprain. No official word on his injured groin.

The high ankle sprain is usually the more severe variety of ankle sprains, and the Bears are calling his injury week to week, "putting his availability for Sunday's home game against the Ravens in doubt."

Head coach Marc Trestman put the kibosh on the quarterback guessing game for this week, and named Josh McCown the starter against the Baltimore Ravens.

What are your thoughts on these two developments?

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