Tarik Cohen

Chicago Bears
Running Back #29
Chicago Bears
Running Back #29
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Tarik Cohen News

Suffers torn Achilles

Cohen (knee) was diagnosed with a torn Achilles on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The 26-year-old recently sustained the injury during a training session, and he underwent an MRI on Tuesday. Cohen hasn't seen the field since suffering a torn ACL during Week 3 of the 2020 campaign, and he's now likely to be unavailable for most, if not all, of the upcoming season.

May 17, 2022 6:27 PM EST


Appears to suffer setback

Cohen (knee) appears to have suffered a setback during an offseason workout, Alyssa Barbieri of Bears Wire reports.

Analysis: Cohen has struggled to battle back from the torn ACL he suffered in Week 3 of the 2020 season and is slated to be released by the Bears with an injury designation after not appearing during the 2021 campaign. Adam Schefter of ESPN reported earlier in the offseason that Cohen was hoping to be available for the 2022 season, but his latest setback may dash those hopes.

May 17, 2022 12:31 PM EST



Set to be released

The Bears are slated to release Cohen (knee) with an injury designation, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The report notes that the running back -- who suffered a torn ACL back in Week 3 of the 2020 season -- isn't able to pass a physical at this stage. That said, Schefter relays that Cohen is aiming to be ready to return to action in time for the coming campaign. When healthy, the 26-year-old -- who's listed at 5-foot-6, 196 pounds -- has the pass-catching ability to provide utility as a change-of-pace option.

Mar 11, 2022 9:34 AM EST


Misses 2021 season

Cohen never saw the field for the Bears in 2021, as he was recovering from a knee injury suffered in 2020.

Analysis: Although the team was hopeful to have Cohen back to start the 2021 season, setbacks he suffered along the way led to him requiring an additional surgery, and he never returned to action. He's signed through 2023, and if he's healthy coming into the 2022 season, his salary over the next two seasons could make him difficult to keep him off of the active roster. Unless he proves to be fully healthy and ready to resume a prominent pass-catching role, he'll likely go unselected in many 2022 fantasy drafts.

Jan 9, 2022 4:56 PM EST


Rehabbing after setbacks

Coach Matt Nagy didn't sound optimistic when asked about a potential 2021 return for Cohen, who has suffered setbacks in his recovery from a torn ACL, even requiring additional surgery, Adam Jahns and Kevin Fishbain of The Athletic report.

Analysis: Nagy also said Cohen has stuck around the team facility and remained aggressive in his rehab effort, though it may not pay off for him this season given the need for a second surgery. Cohen is now about 14 months removed from the initial ACL injury, suffered Week 3 of 2020.

Dec 1, 2021 1:49 PM EST



Goes on reserve/PUP list

Cohen (knee) reverted to the reserve/PUP list Tuesday, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Analysis: Cohen sustained an ACL tear in his right knee Week 3 of last season. His recovery process hasn't allowed for any practice reps in the meantime, and his placement on this reserve list means he'll miss at least the first six games of the 2021 campaign. With Cohen's fate sealed in the short term, the Bears backfield will continue to be the domain of David Montgomery, but veteran Damien Williams is on hand for complementary work.

Aug 31, 2021 3:44 PM EST


Not close to practicing?

Coach Matt Nagy suggested Tuesday that Cohen (knee) may still be weeks away from practicing, Mark Grote of WSCR Radio reports.

Analysis: Still rehabbing from the ACL tear he suffered Week 3 last season, Cohen has stayed on the PUP list through the first handful of practices at training camp. A return in mid/late-August could give him a shot to suit up for Week 1, but there's no assurance he'll reclaim his previous role -- one that entailed steady targets on offense and punt returns on special teams.

Aug 3, 2021 11:38 AM EST


Moves to PUP list

Cohen (knee) was placed on the preseason PUP list Sunday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The 26-year-old continues to recover from the torn ACL he sustained in Week 3 last year, and he's not fully healthy for the start of training camp. Cohen didn't participate in June minicamp and apparently won't be ready when practice starts this week. Damien Williams was signed in the offseason and provides some veteran depth behind David Montgomery, so the Bears may take a cautious approach with Cohen early on in camp.

Jul 25, 2021 1:45 PM EST


Held out of minicamp

Cohen (knee) didn't participate in June minicamp and looked "a bit stiff" walking around with his right leg wrapped, according to Mark Grote of WSCR Radio.

Analysis: Cohen tore his ACL in late September, giving him more than 11 months for recovery and rehab fore Week 1 of the 2021 campaign. It's generally been assumed he'd be ready, but the reports from minicamp suggest we can't take it for granted. The Bears seemingly can afford to take a cautious approach, with David Montgomery and Damien Williams providing plenty of experience in the backfield. Between Montgomery's late-2020 breakout and Williams' solid work in Kansas City, it's fair to wonder if Cohen is looking at a reduce role this season, health aside.

Jul 8, 2021 12:07 PM EST


Joined by Damien Williams

The Bears have signed Damien Williams to join Cohen (knee) and David Montgomery in the backfield, ESPN reports.

Analysis: Montgomery's strong finish to 2020 locks him in as the lead ballcarrier, but it's less clear how targets will be divided between three above-average pass catchers. Cohen is the best route-runner of the bunch, but he's too small to be an effective blocker, and he might need some time to regain his explosiveness after suffering an ACL tear in late September. While a repeat of his target totals from 2018 (91) or 2019 (104) thus seems unlikely, Cohen should still be a significant contributor to the Bears in 2021, the first season of his three-year extension. His $1.4 million base salary this year is guaranteed, but he doesn't have any guarantees remaining thereafter.

Mar 26, 2021 9:54 AM EST


Shifting to IR

Cohen (knee - ACL) will be placed on injured reserve Monday.

Analysis: Cohen suffered a season-ending torn ACL during Sunday's win over the Falcons, so his placement on IR was only ever a matter of time. The move leaves Ryan Nall as the top backup to David Montgomery, though Cordarrelle Patterson is also a likely candidate to see increased backfield snaps with Cohen out. The Bears may also see fit to promote Artavis Pierce from the practice squad.

Sep 28, 2020 11:57 AM EST


ACL tear confirmed

Coach Matt Nagy confirmed Monday that Cohen suffered a torn ACL during Sunday's win over the Falcons, Adam Hoge of NBC Sports Chicago reports.

Analysis: Cohen will doubtless be placed on season-ending injured reserve in the near future, as he sets his sights on returning to full health for 2021. With Cohen out of the lineup, David Montgomery could see a slight uptick in touches, while Cordarrelle Patterson and Ryan Nall are each candidates to handle expanded change-of-pace roles. The 25-year-old inked a fortuitously timed three-year, $17.25 million extension with the Bears earlier this month.

Sep 28, 2020 10:29 AM EST


ACL tear feared

The Bears fear that Cohen tore his ACL during Sunday's win over the Falcons, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Cohen will undergo tests to confirm the severity of his knee injury, but it looks like the Bears will need to to redistribute Cohen's backfield touches behind David Montgomery to some combo of Cordarrelle Patterson and Ryan Nall.

Sep 27, 2020 2:02 PM EST


Leaves with knee injury

Cohen has reen ruled out for the rest of Sunday's game against the Falcons with a knee injury, Adam Hoge of NBC Sports Chicago reports.

Analysis: Cohen called a fair catch on a punt return, but Falcons RB Brian Hill was pushed and rolled onto Cohen's leg. He left the field in obvious pain, and his day is done. If he's forced to miss any time, Ryan Nall could see an increase in usage behind David Montgomery, and WR Cordarrelle Patterson would likely log some reps in the backfield. Cohen finished the game with two rushes for 21 yards and three receptions on six targets for 20 yards.

Sep 27, 2020 12:57 PM EST


Receives six touches

Cohen rushed five times for 12 yards and caught his only target for 15 yards in the Bears' 17-13 victory over the Giants on Sunday.

Analysis: Cohen was an afterthought in the Chicago offense, as he saw fewer rushing attempts than Cordarrelle Patterson and fewer targets than David Montgomery. Unless his role in the offense drastically changes, it'll be difficult to use Cohen with confidence when setting fantasy lineups.

Sep 20, 2020 2:48 PM EST


Inks three-year extension

Cohen signed a three-year extension worth $17.25 million with the Bears on Saturday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The 25-year-old will receive $9.533 million guaranteed and is now under contract with Chicago for the next four seasons. Cohen has served as the team's change-of-pace and passing-down back since being drafted in the fourth round in 2017, and he'll remain in that role for the foreseeable future.

Sep 19, 2020 10:11 PM EST


Receives nine touches

Cohen rushed seven times for 41 yards while catching both of his targets for an additional six yards in Chicago's 27-23 win over the Lions on Sunday.

Analysis: With the Bears trailing throughout the second half, it was disappointing that Cohen only saw a pair of targets, however, with the Detroit defensive front failing to provide much penetration at the line of scrimmage, Cohen was productive on his limited rushing attempts. As the clear second running back on the team, unless he's consistently productive in the passing game, his fantasy value lacks the upside to make him a strong line up option.

Sep 13, 2020 2:10 PM EST


Improves training routine

Cohen is focused on taking better care of his body this year, Colleen Kane of The Chicago Tribune reports.

Analysis: Cohen hasn't missed a game in three pro seasons, but he said he he deteriorated down the stretch in 2019 while dealing with tightness in his hips and lower back. He hopes changes in his training routine and diet will lead to a rebound in the final season of his rookie contract, coming off a disappointing 2019 campaign in which a career-high 104 targets produced only 456 receiving yards and three touchdowns. David Montgomery is set to lead the Chicago backfield in carries again, but that doesn't mean Cohen can't push toward triple-digit targets and 50-to-100 carries.

Aug 14, 2020 12:44 PM EST


Targeted nine times

Cohen caught nine passes for 44 yards and rushed four times for 20 yards in the Bears' 21-19 win over the Vikings in Week 17.

Analysis: After posting over 1,150 yards and eight touchdowns in 2018, Cohen was a massive disappointment this season, as he barely posted for three yards per carry and six yards per reception. Despite his lack of production, he actually saw an increase from the 91 targets he had last season, but aside from PPR leagues, he had very little fantasy value. Going into the last year of his rookie contract in 2020, he'll likely be considered as little more than a depth option at running back in fantasy drafts.

Dec 29, 2019 1:45 PM EST


Targeted four times

Cohen caught three passes for 25 yards and rushed twice for eight yards in the Bears' 26-3 loss to the Chiefs on Sunday.

Analysis: Even though the Bears were trailing for most of the contest, Cohen saw just four targets, leading to a disappointing fantasy performance. Although he's posted 35 or fewer yards in three of his last four games, he's been targeted at least six times in four of his last six games, and his greatest value in a Week 17 matchup against the Vikings will be in leagues that allow a point per reception.

Dec 22, 2019 9:19 PM EST


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