News broke today that the Bear affectionately known as “Peanut” Tillman may miss Sunday’s game against the Texans at Soldier Field. No, he is not injured, so Bears fans do not need to worry about that. Rather, his wife is expected to give birth to their baby girl any day now. Tillman said that if his wife goes into labor on Sunday, he will not suit up and will spend the night at the hospital with her. This means that the Bears could be without one of their top playmakers in their biggest game of the year. Last week Tillman forced four fumbles in the Bears’ rout over the Titans, and Chicago would greatly benefit from his presence in the lineup.
However, his status is not entirely determined yet. He said he hopes his new baby does not come until after the game, but openly admitted that family is his top priority. After the birth of his second child, Tiana, his family discovered that she would need a heart transplant. The ordeal, as well as coach Lovie Smith’s beliefs, established the ideal that family comes first, no matter what. If Tillman is to miss the game, he knows he will have his coach and team’s support. In the event that he does miss the game, Kelvin Hayden and D.J. Moore would see more playing time lining up against one of the top receivers in the league, Andre Johnson. So while “Peanut” may have to miss the game on Sunday, Chicago can expect other members of this fierce defense to rise to the occasion in his absence.