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Tillman, ‘flu-ish’ Peppers miss Bears’ practice

Chicago Bears defensive end Julius Peppers (90) pressures during second half an NFL football game against Cincinnati Bengals Sunday Sept.

Chicago Bears defensive end Julius Peppers (90) pressures during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

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Updated: October 15, 2013 7:19AM



The Bears practiced Thursday without two of their most high-profile defensive players: cornerback Charles Tillman and defensive end Julius Peppers.

Tillman was excused for “family reasons.’’ He had been limited in practice Wednesday with a knee problem.

His status stayed the same on the injury report. Coach Marc Trestman said Tillman will return to practice Friday.

The Bears sent Peppers home because of a fever and flu symptoms.

“When you’re flu-ish, you want to get him out of the building,” Trestman said. “There’s always a possibility that others could get sick.”

Trestman called practice “excellent,” saying cornerback Zack Bowman and defensive ends Shea McClellin and Corey Wootton got extra work in their absence.

Rosario to play

Tight end Dante Rosario, inactive for the season opener, will be part of the game plan Sunday against the Vikings, Trestman said.

A seven-year veteran, Rosario was acquired from the Cowboys on Sept. 2 for a conditional seventh-round pick.

He spent Week 1 studying the team’s offense. The Bears felt comfortable enough with Rosario to waive Kyle Adams on Monday.

Trestman said Rosario is faster than Adams, who played 11 offensive snaps against the Bengals.

“We’ll see where he is in terms of getting to know the offense,” Trestman said. “He’s not where Kyle was when Kyle left. But he’s certainly shown the ability to learn. He’s been great in meetings.”

This and that

For the second consecutive day, the Vikings listed four limited players in practice: defensive tackle Kevin Williams, center John Sullivan, offensive tackle Phil Loadholt and cornerback Josh Robinson. All but Robinson (quadriceps) have knee injuries.

Williams, a six-time Pro Bowler, missed Week 1.

“It’s a very stout front four, especially with Kevin Williams coming back,” offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer said. “That will make a big difference for them, with his veteran strength and power, and [he] knows how to play the game.”

◆ Wide receiver Earl Bennett, who played against the Bengals after recovering from concussion symptoms, had a good practice and is caught up after missing more than three weeks before returning Aug. 27, Trestman said.

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