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The Talker: Should Tillman miss a game for his child’s birth?

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Charles Tillman is a key defensive player for the Bears who has a knack for causing other teams to fumble. It's a skill that would come in handy Sunday at Soldier Field when the Bears play the Texans -- the team with the best record in the AFC. But, there's a chance Tillman will miss the game. His wife Jackie is pregnant with a baby girl. Tillman says the baby is coming Monday, so he'll play Sunday. That is, unless the baby arrives a day early. Tillman says if the baby arrives Sunday, he'll be at the hospital.

"This game is important to me but after what we went thru with my middle child Tiana, to me football is second. It'll always be 2nd or 3rd in my life," Tillman said.

Number one and two, Tillman says, are family and God. He takes nothing for granted after his daughter Tiana was born with a heart condition that required a transplant.

Sportswriter Mike Florio took issue with Tillman's statement about potentially having to miss the game, stating that football players choose their profession, know the commitment it takes, and should plan to have their children born in the off-season.

After getting attacked by readers and fellow writers, Florio backtracked a bit. He now say it's a personal choice whether to play when your wife is having a baby.

"Family definitely comes first. Having a child is a special moment. Guys know if he needs to be there with Jackie we want him to be there for her and as far as our football team it'll be the next guy up," Coach Lovie Smith said.

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