Tillman out as Bears return to practice

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears returned to the practice field Monday after a week off, and outside of quarterback Jay Cutler (groin) and linebacker Lance Briggs (shoulder), cornerback Charles Tillman (knee) was the only player to miss practice.

Still, Bears coach Marc Trestman remained upbeat about Tillman’s recovery, saying the cornerback feels better after a week off to rest. It's expected he'll play Nov. 4 when the Bears travel to Green Bay.

Cutler and Briggs, meanwhile, are expected to miss at least four and five weeks, respectively.

“[Tillman] came back and worked. He worked out here in [the] individual [portion of practice],” Trestman said. “He didn’t practice today. He says he feels better. So that is the only answer I can give you right now.”

Tillman watched during positional drills on Monday, and the team isn’t required to issue an official injury report until Thursday.

The club held Tillman out of its Oct. 10 win against the New York Giants, but the cornerback returned for a 45-41 loss on Oct. 20 to the Washington Redskins.

“He says he is doing better, and we are hopeful he will be able to practice this week as we move into the end of the week,” Trestman said.