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    LAKE FOREST, Ill. Brian Propp Jersey . -- The Chicago Bears agreed to a one-year contract with two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Charles Tillman on Friday, retaining one of their cornerstone players as they try to revitalize a struggling defence. Tillmans status was one of the biggest questions hovering over the team this off-season after the Bears went 8-8 and missed the playoffs for the sixth time in seven years. But they answered that by announcing he will be back for a 12th season. The Bears have been overhauling a defence that struggled in a big way last season, releasing eight-time Pro Bowl defensive end Julius Peppers. They decided to bring back Tillman even though he is 33 and coming off a season in which he was limited to eight games because of a torn right triceps. "Charles is one of the NFLs great players and a true leader on and off the field, and were happy he will be staying in Chicago," general manager Phil Emery said in a statement. "He remains the best in our game at forcing turnovers and always has brought a tough, physical presence to our secondary. Charles also has a special connection to the people and community across Chicago and were excited for that to continue." The Bears saw enough good things before he went down to re-sign Tillman. He had three interceptions, four pass breakups and three forced fumbles, but his injury in a loss to Detroit on Nov. 10 cut short what had been another solid season. The Bears had already lost defensive tackle Henry Melton (ACL tear) and linebacker D.J. Williams (torn pectoral muscle) to season-ending injuries. Star linebacker Lance Briggs (shoulder fracture) was also sidelined at the time. Quarterback Jay Cutler suffered a high left ankle sprain against the Lions and missed the next four games. Tillmans 42 forced fumbles are the second most in the league and most among cornerbacks since the Bears drafted him in the second round in 2003. He is also tied for fifth in interceptions, fifth in interception return yards and tied for second in interception return touchdowns during that span. Now, Tillman is returning to a defence that will have a different look up front, personnel-wise. The Bears have two new ends in Willie Young and Lamarr Houston, and theyve also added Ryan Mundy and M.D. Jennings to the mix at safety. Whether Melton, a free agent, will be back remains unclear. But the Bears appear to be set at cornerback for next season after retaining Tillman and giving Tim Jennings a four-year deal. Bernie Parent Jersey . The No. 5 Aztecs held Burton, the Mountain Wests leading scorer, to 11 points, 10 below his average, in beating the Wolf Pack 73-58 on Saturday night. Scott Laughton Jersey . 1. CAVALIERS: At 19-20, theyre a mess. Watched the game Tuesday night vs. Phoenix and their defence was poor (107 points and 52 per cent for Suns). Where is the high level play from Kyrie Irving and LeBron James (13 turnovers!)? Kevin Love looks like a man thats wondering what he got himself into.TAMPA, Fla. - Tampa Bay Buccaneers fullback Jorvorskie Lane will miss the rest of the season with a right leg injury.Lane was placed on injured reserve Monday, a day after he was hurt early in the second quarter of Sundays 21-13 loss at Chicago.Lane will need surgery for the injury.Im ready to get it done to get into the healing process, he said. Its very disappointing, but its part of this game.Lane is the only fullback on the Bucs depth chart. Coach Lovie Smith said his injury, along with injuries to their tight ends, limited the Bucs offensive options against Chicago.That hurt us yesterday, Smith said. Its hard to have a true running attack that we envisioned coming into the game, but you need to be able to adjust.Thats what forced us to become more of a passing (team). You have to go with the best opportunity to be successful offensively, and thats what we had to do.The Bucs led 7-0 when Lane was injured on his only carry of the game. They led 10-0 at halftime, but ran only eight times for 24 yards in the second half. Three Buccaneers turnovers in the third quarter helped the Bears come back and hand the Bucs their ninth loss in 11 games.I was devastated, said Lane, who watched the second half from a trainers room at Soldier Field.Man, its been a tough year.The Bucs have struuggled to run all season. Ivan Provorov Jersey. . They rank 31st in rushing attempts (239), 29th in yards rushing (84 per game) and 24th in yards per rush (3.9).Smith said Monday that the retooling of the offensive line has been less than successful.I think thats safe to say, he said. We havent played as well on the offensive line as we had hoped. We thought we needed to retool it starting off and had a few injuries, but we hadnt played as well as we need too. Everything starts up front, and as we talk about what were doing offensively, Ill always start off talking about our offensive line.After hiring Smith as head coach, the Bucs released veteran offensive linemen Davin Joseph and Donald Penn and traded centre Jeremy Zuttah for a draft pick. They signed tackle Anthony Collins and centre Evan Dietrich-Smith as free agents and traded for guard Logan Mankins. Tackle Demar Dotson is the only returning starter on the offensive line.You come into a game and you have a commitment to running the football a certain amount of times, Smith said. Then you get into a game and you have to look at whats working for you. ... Whenever we have 22 carries or something like that, would we like to have those numbers up? 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