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Bears coach Marc Trestman expects a good Soldier

Updated: October 15, 2013 7:30AM



Coach Marc Trestman said he wasn’t concerned about the state of Soldier Field for Sunday, given Saturday night’s Illinois-Washington game.

“I’ve talked to [head groundskeeper] Ken [Mrock] about it,” he said Friday, “and they’ll do a good job cleaning up the field for the game.”

The chance for rain Sunday doesn’t worry Trestman, either.

“These guys have played on it a lot more than I have,” he said.

He said wind affects game-planning more than anything.

“It all depends on whether you can use the area of the field outside of the numbers,” he said. “Fortunately with us in the passing game, the numbers aren’t an issue for Jay [Cutler]. He can throw the ball outside, in wind and [bad] weather.”

Tillman, Peppers back

One day after being excused for a family reason and two days after being limited with a knee injury, cornerback Charles Tillman participated fully in practice.

Defensive end Julius Peppers, sent home Thursday with flu symptoms, was limited.

“He’s going to be fine,” Trestman said.

Both were listed as probable.

This and that

Vikings Pro Bowl defensive tackle Kevin Williams (knee) was listed as probable despite not practicing Friday. Cornerback Josh Robinson (quadriceps), center John Sullivan (knee) and offensive tackle Phil Loadholt (knee) also are probable.

Devin Hester returned a kickoff 31 yards Sunday; the other three were touchbacks.

“They’re still kicking it deep,” Hester said with a smile. “A lot of kickers have incentives in their contracts for touchbacks.”

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