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Notes: Bears’ Tillman expects to play against Texans

Chicago Bears star cornerback Charles Tillman said on Twitter he will play Sunday against the Houston Texans, after all.

Tillman’s status had been up in the air after he told Chicago radio station WSCR-AM that he might not be available because his wife, Jackie, is due to give birth.

But in a message to ESPN Radio’s ‘‘Mike & Mike In The Morning’’ show Thursday, he wrote, ‘‘god, family, football . . . Baby is coming Monday don’t worry I’ll be there Sunday.’’


This will be the couple’s fourth child. Their daughter, Tiana, needed a heart transplant a few months after she was born in 2008.

Seymour ailing

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Trying to stop Baltimore running back Ray Rice was already a monumental task facing the Raiders this week. Doing it without seven-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman Richard Seymour will make the challenge even more daunting. Seymour missed his second straight practice Thursday due to a lingering hamstring injury and is questionable to play in Baltimore on Sunday. If Seymour can’t play, the Raiders would be forced to use a patchwork lineup that also has some health issues. Backup defensive tackle Desmond Bryant was pulled out of last week’s loss to Tampa Bay with an irregular heartbeat, while defensive ends Matt Shaughnessy and Dave Tollefson are nursing sore shoulders . . . The Jets promoted linebacker Ricky Sapp to the active roster and added safety Antonio Allen to the practice squad . . . The NFL will hold 10 regional combines and a super regional combine beginning in January. The regionals are a supplement to the NFL’s national scouting combine in Indianapolis in late February. Regional combines are conducted specifically for players eligible for the 2013 draft but not attending the Indianapolis combine; and players with college experience who want to gauge their pro potential.