Charles Tillman went into Thursday’s game versus the New York Giants having not missed a single regular season game since 2009.
However, the Chicago Bears‘ cornerback was pronounced inactive for the Week 6 clash due to an injured left leg, which means Chicago will be without it’s most potent defensive player. Tillman has been a turnover machine as of late, so the Bears’ defense will have to look Zack Bowman‘s way for a few clutch takeaways. Bowman will take the place of Tillman in the Bears’ starting line-up, which will be a bit of an audition for the sixth-year defensive back, who has oftentimes been overshadowed by Tillman’s excellence.
While Chicago hopes to have Tillman back in Week 7 against the less-than-stellar Washington Redskins; Bears head coach Marc Trestman will have a close eye on Bowman as the night carries on. Bowman won’t have an easy task against a Giants’ offense that has three Pro-Bowl caliber wide receivers in Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks and Rueben Randle.
Tillman’s health is going to be an issue for this Bears team moving forward as Bowman isn’t the kind of defensive back to fill Tillman’s massive shoes. Stay tuned to see if Chicago can win without No. 33 or if Tillman’s absence will force the Bears to a 3-3 record after starting the season without a loss through three weeks.