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Bears' Tillman set to play Sunday

Published November 8, 2012 9:37 pm

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Chicago Bears star cornerback Charles Tillman says on Twitter that he will play Sunday against the Houston Texans, after all.

Tillman's status had been up in the air after he told Chicago radio station WSCR-AM that he might not be available because his wife, Jackie, is due to give birth.

But in a message to ESPN Radio's "Mike & Mike In The Morning" show, he wrote "god, family, football... Baby is coming Monday don't worry I'll be there Sunday."

This will be the couple's fourth child. Their daughter, Tiana, needed a heart transplant a few months after she was born in 2008.

Tillman is making a case for Defensive Player of the Year, and he forced four fumbles last Sunday at Tennessee.

Around the league

Lions • Wide receiver Calvin Johnson didn't practice Thursday, a precaution taken after getting a pain-killing shot last week in his still-banged-up left knee. The All-Pro receiver also revealed he has "had some nerve damage" as a result of taking some "real violent" hits.

Raiders • Seven-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman Richard Seymour missed his second straight practice due to a lingering hamstring injury and is questionable to play in Baltimore on Sunday. The 12th-year veteran was already on a light practice schedule as a result of his troublesome knees.

Bills • Defensive end Chris Kelsay hurt his neck in practice. Coach Chan Gailey provided few details Thursday except to say Kelsay was undergoing tests, and he'd know more on Friday. —

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