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Bears' Tillman Could be Ready for Opener Against Packers
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- Cornerback Charles Tillman practiced for the first time after undergoing back surgery and hopes to be ready for the Chicago Bears' season opener at Green Bay.

Whether he actually will play Sunday is a tossup.

Tillman said Monday it's a "flip of the coin," while coach Lovie Smith said it's too soon to say.

Having Tillman back in practice was an important step and a big boost for a team counting on him after missing the playoffs the past two years. Chicago ranked 30th against the pass last season because of injuries and simply poor play on the line and in the secondary.

Tillman, however, had a strong year, finishing with 91 tackles and three interceptions while leading the team with four forced fumbles despite shoulder and back problems.

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