Tillman Optimistic on His Recovery

[Things] happen. I'm just glad it happened now versus in the season. But I'm all right. I'm always optimistic.

Charles Tillman declared himself fine for the regular season today on the team's website, but the Bears said he will be “sidelined indefinitely” following back surgery 2 weeks ago. The club revealed that Tillman's surgery, performed by Dr. Robert Watkins, removed a piece of disc fragment from his lower back. He was informed at the time that it would be 6 to 12 weeks for him to return, meaning he is now at 4 to 10 weeks to getting back on the field.

“I'll be fine for the season” Tillman said.”There's no need to panic. When I panic, then you can panic. But I'm not panicking, so we're good.”[Things] happen. I'm just glad it happened now versus in the season. But I'm all right. I'm always optimistic.”

Bears are counting on him to return but have increased questions in their secondary now 2 days before players report to camp. Tillman will be placed on the “physically unable to perform” list on Friday.