When asked by friends and acquaintances my take on the 2009 Chicago Bears since the Cutler trade, I’ve consistently said they’re a lot like the 2009 Chicago Cubs looked before their season. Great on paper, but guys will have to stay healthy and perform for anything to matter during the season. Outside of their recent resurgence, the Cubs have neither stayed healthy or performed consistently, but I still have hope for the Bears.
That hope took a little turn for the worse last night when it was reported that starting cornerback Charles “Peanut” Tillman underwent back surgery and will be out from day one of training camp. The Chicago Tribune is reporting his absence could be “indefinite”, while the Sun-Times writes that the rehab could take 4 to 10 weeks. This is the second year in a row the Bears have received news of a major injury at the start of training camp, after rookie first-round tackle Chris Williams went down for the season, basically, on the first day of camp in 2008.