Charles Tillman to be a game-time decision Thursday; Bears D still a fantasy start

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The star cornerback has been battling a knee injury. We break down the fantasy implications.

The Chicago Bears might be down a defensive player or two or three Thursday night when they face the New York Giants, according to ESPN.com's NFL Nation. Among the Bears' game-time decisions Thursday are cornerback Charles Tillman, linebacker Lance Briggs, and defensive tackle Stephen Paea.

Tillman has been battling a knee injury, while Briggs is combatting foot and hip problems and Paea has a toe injury.

Fantasy impact: Even if all-three were to miss Thursday night's game (which, frankly, seems unlikely), the Bears defense is a must-start against a Giants offense that has allowed a lot of fantasy points to defenses. If Tillman were out, though, the fantasy stock of Giants receivers Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks, and Rueben Randle have to rise a bit, if for no other reason than the chances of Tillman punching a ball loose go way down.

Bears coach Marc Trestman said of his game-time decision players, "All would have been limited today, but we're optimistic in the next 24 hours they will be ready to go," making it sound like the players could very well play.

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