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Charles Tillman | Defensive Back | #31

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (35) / 2/23/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 210
College: Louisiana-Lafayette
Drafted: 2003 / Rd. 2 (35) / CHI
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Free agent CB Charles Tillman (knee) said the Panthers are "the only team I really want to play for."
Tillman, 35, is recovering from a torn ACL suffered late last season. "It's Carolina," Tillman said. "It's a great group of men. A great group of coaches. The front-office guys are great. To me it was no surprise they were, or we were, 17-2." Realistically, Tillman may have already played his final snap. Jun 19 - 11:50 AM

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Impending free agent CB Charles Tillman (ACL) will have surgery Wednesday.

He plans to go through the rehab process before deciding his football future. Tillman turns 35 in February, but he was a solid contributor for Carolina this season. If he wants to play, the Panthers will likely welcome him back on a short-term deal.
Jan 11 - 12:37 PM

Panthers RCB Peanut Tillman has been diagnosed with a torn right ACL, and is done for the season.

Tillman missed four games with a partially torn ACL before returning to start in Weeks 15-17. Along with Bene Benwikere, the Panthers have now lost two of their top three corners in the past four weeks. Going on 35, this could be the end for Tillman, who missed 22 combined games between 2013-14 with triceps issues. The Panthers need Robert McClain to step up alongside Josh Norman and Cortland Finnegan. It's a major concern for the postseason.
Jan 4 - 1:50 PM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he expects RCB Charles Tillman (knee) to play Sunday against the Giants.

He's been out with a hyperextended knee since Week 11. Tillman returned to a full practice on Wednesday and should be ready to go for Sunday's tilt against the Giants. It's good timing for the Panthers, who recently lost Bene Benwikere to a season-ending leg injury.
Thu, Dec 17, 2015 01:24:00 PM

Panthers RCB Charles Tillman (knee) practiced in full Wednesday.

"He had a good day and did everything in the live drills, showing all the movements you need to have in your corner," coach Ron Rivera said. "He looked pretty good. The biggest test will be tomorrow to make sure everything is fine, and then we'll go from there." There were reports Tillman was headed to injured reserve with a partially torn ACL, but it looks like he will attempt to play through the injury. After losing Bene Benwikere (leg, IR) last week, Carolina needs Tillman on the field if at all possible.
Thu, Dec 17, 2015 08:48:00 AM

Multiple sources tell that Panthers RCB Peanut Tillman is dealing with a partially torn ACL.

According to reporter Bill Voth, Tillman is likely headed to injured reserve unless he "improves greatly over the next 24 hours." In other words, Tillman's Wednesday practice could be make-or-break for his 2015 availability. It's bad news for a secondary that just lost Bene Benwikere (leg) for the season on Sunday. Tillman was having a decent bounce-back campaign before getting injured in Week 10.
Tue, Dec 15, 2015 04:33:00 PM

Panthers CB Charles Tillman (knee) said he is "close" to returning.

Tillman's health has taken on more importance with Bene Benwikere out for the season with a broken leg. Coach Ron Rivera said the team should know more about Tillman's status Wednesday. "Wednesday will be a big day for him," Rivera said. "To expect anything from going out there with the trainers on Monday and Tuesday is not the same thing. We’ve got to put him into a competitive atmosphere and see how he handles it." The Panthers will almost certainly add corner help this week, but Tillman returning would be a big boost.
Tue, Dec 15, 2015 11:24:00 AM

Panthers declared CB Peanut Tillman, WR Brenton Bersin, DE Ryan Delaire, RB Cameron Artis-Payne, DB Dean Marlowe, WR Kevin Norwood and RB Brandon Wegher inactive for Week 14 against the Falcons.

Bene Benwikere will continue to fill in for Tillman against the Falcons' struggling passing attack. Matt Ryan will test Benwikere early and often.
Sun, Dec 13, 2015 11:35:00 AM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera considers RCB Charles Tillman doubtful for Week 14 against the Falcons.

He hasn't played since hyperextending his knee in Week 10. Bene Benwikere has been filling in for Tillman at right corner.
Thu, Dec 10, 2015 03:08:00 PM

Panthers RCB Charles Tillman (knee) has been ruled out for Week 13 against the Saints.

Even the 10 days off after the Thanksgiving game that Tillman missed wasn't enough for him to get ready. Tillman has now missed the past three games. Bene Benwikere will play outside in base sets with Colin Jones as the nickel back. Look for shutdown CB Josh Norman to shadow Brandin Cooks.
Fri, Dec 4, 2015 10:13:00 AM

Charles Tillman (knee) is doubtful for Thursday's Thanksgiving game against the Cowboys.

Bene Benwikere will play opposite Josh Norman is base sets, and Colin Jones, who was roasted for a touchdown last week, will be the nickel corner. It's an upgrade for Terrance Williams and Cole Beasley behind Dez Bryant.
Wed, Nov 25, 2015 12:30:00 PM

Panthers RCB Charles Tillman (doubtful) is dealing with a hyperextended knee.

Tillman is not going to play this week, and after coach Ron Rivera called him "very doubtful," it sounds like he could miss even more time. Bene Benwikere should take over on the outside with Colin Jones filling in as the slot corner.
Sat, Nov 21, 2015 10:05:00 AM

Panthers RCB Charles Tillman (knee) is doubtful for Week 11 against the Redskins.

Coach Ron Rivera said he's "very doubtful" for Sunday. Tillman returned to a limited practice on Thursday but was sidelined again on Friday. Bene' Benwikere will likely take over at right corner with special teamer Colin Jones manning the slot. That's a matchup Jamison Crowder can take advantage of.
Fri, Nov 20, 2015 03:56:00 PM

Updating a previous item, Panthers RCB Charles Tillman (concussion) has been medically cleared for Week 1 against Jacksonville.

Panthers LCB Josh Norman remains in the NFL's concussion protocol, but has just one test left to pass. It "looks good" for Norman suiting up Week 1 against the Jaguars, coach Ron Rivera said on Monday. This will still be a good matchup for Allen Robinson, just not quite as great as it could've been.
Mon, Sep 7, 2015 02:01:00 PM

Panthers CBs Charles Tillman and Josh Norman remain in the NFL's concussion protocol.

Tillman and Norman are Carolina's starting outside cornerbacks. They need to get medically cleared to be available for Week 1 against Jacksonville. If one or both can't play, Allen Robinson's Opening Day matchup would be upgraded.
Mon, Sep 7, 2015 01:20:00 PM

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