The Chicago Bears defense hasn't hasn't exactly looked like it's normal self early in the season. Part of the problem may be that a couple of its stars are either banged up, or under the weather.
Charles Tillman was held out of Wednesday's practice thanks to a knee issue that's bothered him for at least a couple of weeks.
Tillman was listed on the injury report last week as well with a knee injury, but was able to suit up and play Sunday against the Vikings.
Just precautionary — he should be ready to go in practice [Thursday],” Trestman said.
If Tillman is slowed, it would help explain how Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder was able to be at least marginally effective against the Bears defense. Ponder threw for 227 yards and a touchdown, but was able to hit big plays to Jerome Simpson and Greg Jennings.
Getting some more pressure on Ponder would have helped the Bears' cause. But it was another quiet game from defensive lineman Julius Peppers, who has yet to register a sack in 2013.
Peppers was dealing with flu-like symptoms last week, but downplayed the illness Wednesday to ESPNChicago:
“I'm feeling fine,” Peppers said. "I'm not interested in talking about the first two weeks right now. My focus is on Pittsburgh and winning the game this week."
Either way, it doesn't hurt that the Bears will face off with the offensively anemic Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday night. Through two games, the Steelers are just 26th in the NFL in passing yards (298) and 31st in rushing.
Shockingly, Pittsburgh is averaging less than 38 yards per game on the ground. Not exactly Adrian Peterson to worry about for Peppers, Tillman and company. that could help the Bears banged up guys feel better, a little faster.
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