Tillman, Paea expected to play vs. Redskins Peppers sits out practice, but absence not injury-related By Rich Campbell, Tribune reporter 7:33 p.m. CDT, October 16, 2013 Bears cornerback Charles Tillman (right knee) and defensive tackle Stephen Paea (toe) are expected to play Sunday against the Redskins, coach Marc Trestman said Wednesday. Tillman, who missed last week's win over the Giants, did not practice Wednesday. "We're going to ease him in this week and give him a little more (Thursday) and Friday, but he's feeling good and we expect him to play," Trestman said. Tillman declined an interview request after practice. Paea, who has missed the last two games, was limited in practice, as was linebacker James Anderson (back). "They look good," Trestman said. Tight end Martellus Bennett (back) did not practice but is expected to play Sunday. "He did some work walking through with the team and moving around on the sideline, did some individual" drills, Trestman said. "We'll see where he is (Thursday)." Defensive end Julius Peppers sat out as the result of a coach's decision, according to the injury report. Trestman did not mention it in his news conference. A team spokesman later clarified that Peppers' absence was not injury-related and his status for Sunday is not in doubt. In previous seasons under coach Lovie Smith, it was common for veterans to have a day off from practice during weeks that included an extra session. The Bears practiced Monday after having the weekend off. Griffin's rehab rosy: Both suffered severe knee injuries during the playoffs. Both were central figures in comeback campaigns launched by Adidas. Both have frustrated their respective fan bases at times with the speed of their recoveries. It would seem Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III and Bulls guard Derrick Rose could relate in a lot of ways. But as Rose heads toward the NBA regular season, more than 17 months removed from his last significant action, he continues to deal with knee soreness. Griffin is five games into his comeback, making a notable return to start the season opener barely 35 weeks after he injured his right knee in a playoff loss to the Seahawks. He had surgery Jan. 9 to revise the reconstruction of his ACL and repair his lateral collateral ligament and medial meniscus. On a conference call Wednesday with Chicago media, Griffin said he didn't experience the same kind of soreness through his rehabilitation process that's slowing Rose. "Every knee injury and surgery is a little bit different," Griffin said. "It's not a shot at anyone else if they come back and have soreness. It's just how their body reacts to it, and I was just blessed not to have any soreness." Extra points: The NFL fined receiver Brandon Marshall $10,500 for wearing green cleats against the Giants. He committed the uniform violation to promote Mental Health Awareness week. "I would have done it for 30 grand," Marshall said. ...The agent for nose tackle Jay Ratliff, released by the Cowboys on Wednesday, told reporters that injuries will prevent Ratliff from playing in 2013. ...Safeties Major Wright (knee) and Anthony Walters (hamstring) were limited in practice.