LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Even after a long, three-day weekend the Chicago Bears were cautious with several of their key injured veterans when the club returned to the practice field on Monday in advance of their Week 7 road game versus the Washington Redskins.
Cornerback Charles Tillman (knee), linebacker James Anderson (back) and tight end Martellus Bennett (knee) were all sidelined on Monday, although the Bears are optimistic Tillman can return on Sunday after being ruled inactive last Thursday in the club’s 27-21 victory over the New York Giants, snapping a streak of 55 consecutive games played.
Anderson injured his back in the second half against the Giants, but the injury is not believed to be serious. Bennett has battled through a variety of injuries all season but has not missed a game.
In other injury news, staring defensive tackle Stephen Paea practiced on Monday for the first time suffering a toe injury in the Bears’ Week 4 game in Detroit that forced him to sit out the last two weeks versus the Giants and New Orleans Saints.
“We’re optimistic (about Paea),” Bears head coach Marc Trestman. “He worked out here today so we are optimistic. He’ll have the day off tomorrow and the rest of the day off today, so we’re optimistic that he will be ready to go.”
Paea recorded six tackles, three tackles-for-loss, six quarterback hits and 0.5 sacks in the first four games of the year based on coaches’ review of the film.
“Every injury when you come back you are never 100 percent, but if it has to go that way (and I have to play through pain), as long as I’m on the field I’ll deal with it,” Paea said. “I wanted to play, even last week, but you just have to listen to them (the trainers).”
The Bears next practice is scheduled for Wednesday at Halas Hall.