Bears have void at running back after losing Tarik Cohen

Cohen suffered a torn ACL in his right knee, tests confirmed Monday morning.
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(670 The Score) Bears running back Tarik Cohen has suffered a torn ACL in his right knee, tests confirmed Monday morning. He will be placed on injured reserve and miss the remainder of the season.

Cohen suffered the injury in the third quarter of the Bears' 30-26 win against the Falcons on Sunday, when an opposing player was forced into Cohen's right leg while he fielded a fair catch. Cohen was in obvious pain and unable to place any weight on that leg while being helped off the field.

The Bears' fear of a torn ACL were confirmed with follow-up examinations Monday morning.

"Obviously a tough loss with the confirmation of his injury, the ACL," Bears coach Matt Nagy said. "You love the kid. He worked hard to get to this point. He’ll be in our corner, we’ll be in his corner."

The 25-year-old Cohen officially signed a three-year, $17.25-million extension with the Bears on Sept. 20 -- just one week before suffering the injury. He was previously playing in the final season of his initial rookie contract before signing the extension, which keeps him under contract in Chicago through 2023.

With Cohen lost for the season, the Bears now face the challenge of filling their running back position. Their depth behind starter David Montgomery is thin, with converted receiver Cordarrelle Patterson now the team's backup at running back. Ryan Nall, who has primarily played a role on special teams, slides up the running back depth chart behind Patterson. The Bears also have rookie running back Artavis Pierce as a member of their practice squad.

"We’ll miss those explosive plays that (Cohen) provided for us for the first three weeks," Bears running backs coach Charles London said. "But that’s why it’s a team and that’s why we have a full running back room. We’ll have other guys that’ll step up and other guys will get the opportunity, and we’ll make up for not having Tarik. "

The Bears could turn to the free-agent market to acquire depth at running back. Veteran Spencer Ware remains a potential option for Chicago. The 28-year-old Ware overlapped with Nagy for parts of four seasons in Kansas City, where he averaged 4.6 yards per carry across his five seasons in a Chiefs uniform.

Coehn has averaged 5.8 yards per touch from scrimmage this season and 5.7 yards during his first four years in the NFL. Cohen has never previously missed any of 51 games during his career.

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.