Bears RB Tarik Cohen still not ready to return

Cohen (knee) is eligible to be activated from the PUP list this week.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (670 The Score) -- Bears running back Tarik Cohen is eligible to be activated off the physically-unable-to-perform list this week, but coach Matt Nagy didn't sound optimistic Wednesday that will happen.

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Thirteen months after suffering a torn ACL in his right knee, Cohen still isn't ready to return.

"The only thing I can say with him is that he works hard,” Nagy said. “I see him every single day. He's trying to do everything that he can."

Cohen suffered his ACL injury during a game on Sept. 27, 2020 in Atlanta. He joined the Bears for training camp in July but opened on the PUP list and wasn't activated before the regular season. Cohen has been present with the team this season but is still working to regain full strength in his leg.

Cohen can now be activated off the PUP list at any point going forward after serving the minimum six-game absence. He has averaged 5.7 yards per touch from scrimmage while serving as a rushing and receiving back in the Bears’ offense across four NFL seasons.

The Bears (3-3) will visit the Buccaneers (5-1) on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium without much depth at running back. David Montgomery (left knee sprain) is required to miss at least one more week while on injured reserve, while Damien Williams remains on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Rookie Khalil Herbert was the Bears' lead back last Sunday in their absence.

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

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