Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall ranks fourth in the NFL with 59 catches and is within three scores of his career high of 10. Houston cornerback Johnathan Joseph, like Charles Tillman, has two interceptions, one returned for a touchdown.
Marshall is 6-4 and expecting to see a great deal of 5-11 Joseph, the Texans tallest cornerback. They were teammates on the 2011 AFC Pro Bowl team.
He's playing the position better than most guys in this league right now, he's confident, he's tough to play against, you know the way he plays his technique, he plays within the system. I'm going to have my work cut out for me this weekend.
Texans coach Gary Kubiak was on the AFC Pro Bowl staff last year when Marshall was a member of the squad.
Of course I got to see Brandon firsthand up at the Pro Bowl, Kubiak said. We had him this year and you all know what he did there so I know what type of talent he is.
And Marshall, whose entire pre-Chicago career was spent in the AFC, knows Joseph, a No. 1 pick of Cincinnati in 2006. He has faced Joseph four times, catching 19 passes for 235 yards but only one touchdown, last year in a loss to the Texans.
This is a team where I'm going to have some one-on-one coverage with their Pro Bowl corner, Joseph, Marshall said. I've gone up against him a few times, and he's a top-three corner in this league right now.
For over two years, Charlie Tilson was starting to look like his own version of "Moonlight" Graham, the player made famous in the movie "Field of Dreams" because he played in one major league game and never got to bat.
The White Sox traded for Tilson just before the trade deadline passed in 2016. Two days later he made his big league debut with the White Sox in Detroit. He got a single in his first at-bat, but left the game with an injury and missed the rest of the season. Tilson also missed all of the 2017 season and his MLB future was starting to come into question.
Back healthy, Tilson started this season in Triple-A Charlotte and hit .248 in 39 games when he got called up to replace Leury Garcia, who was placed on the disabled list. On Thursday, Tilson returned to a big league field for the first time in more than 20 months. He went 0-for-3 in a loss to Baltimore.
Friday marked a return to the site of Tilson's big league debut and the injury that made it such a brief stint. Tilson has now played three big league games, over the course of nearly 21 months, and two of them have been in Detroit.
Tilson went 1-for-4, meaning both his hits are in Comerica Park. The White Sox lost 5-4 after giving up three runs in the bottom of the eighth.
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