Charles Tillman’s career could be over after ACL tear

The career of cornerback Charles “Peanut” Tillman could be over after the Carolina Panthers defender suffered a torn ACL in the team’s regular season finale on Sunday, according to Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer.

Jori Lehtera Mens Jersey Tillman, 34, was a second-round pick in the 2003 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears and spent 12 years with the team before joining the Carolina Panthers in the 2015 offseason. According to Jones, Tillman suffered a partial tear of his ACL in a Week 10 game against the Tennessee Titans, but returned to action in Week 15 and eventually fully tore the ligament in Week 17 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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