Bears running back Tarik Cohen he missed most of the 2020 campaign after suffering a torn ACL, and it appears the veteran is yet to fully recover from his injury. In order Adam H. Beasley of ProFootballNetwork.com, Cohen is a candidate to open the training camp on the PUP, and the delayed start of his preseason could influence his availability for the start of the regular season.
The 2017 fourth-round pick has spent his entire career in Chicago. This included a 2018 campaign when he finished with 1,169 yards of scrimmage and eight touchdowns, but it was his return ability (a light 411 return yards) that earned him an all-Pro and Pro Bowl. Cohen started a career-high 11 games in 2019, but was limited to a (then) career-low 669 yards from scrimmage.
The 25-year-old hasn’t started any of the Bears ’first three games of the 2020 season, with the runner-up picking up just 115 offensive yards. He suffered his ACL injury in Week 3 and was later put on IR.
Cohen is still an important part of the Bears ’offense, and if they want to make noise in the NFC, they will definitely want one of their top skill players to be healthy. In addition, the team also has some financial reasons to want Cohen on the field; it’s been less than a year since he signed a three-year, $ 17.25 million extension that he will kick off this season.
Fortunately for the Bears, they have some depth to overcome a hypothetical absence of Cohen. David Montgomery it’s still sitting on top of the depth chart, and they’ve also added a veteran-free agent Damien Williams this past season. The team is also listed as Ryan Nall, Artavis Pierce and rookies Khalil Herbert and CJ Marable.