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With Tarik Cohen out, Bears eye in-house help

There’s no one like Tarik Cohen. Whoever takes his snaps won’t be able to replicate the versatility, or the electricity, the running back has given the Bears over the first three-and-a-half years of his career.

Bears running back Tarik Cohen is out for the season.
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There’s no one like running back Tarik Cohen. Whoever takes his snaps won’t be able to replicate the versatility or electricity he has given the Bears in the first three-plus seasons of his career.

The Bears talked Monday as though they’ll stay in-house — at least at first — to replace Cohen’s snaps after they confirmed he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee on a punt return Sunday against the Falcons. He’s out for the season.

‘‘We feel very confident with the guys that we have in our room,’’ running backs coach Charles London said. ‘‘Obviously, David [Montgomery] has had a good start to his season, and I expect him just to continue to get better and better each week. Cordarrelle [Patterson] has given us a lot at the running back position. He gets better and better each week as he gets more and more comfortable with his spot, with what we’ve been asking him to do. So I have no concerns there.’’

London said he expects to ‘‘see a little more’’ out of Ryan Nall, who has two career rushes and one career catch, on offense.

Rather than splitting a running back out wide to replace Cohen, the Bears could use an extra receiver — perhaps rookie Darnell Mooney and speedster Ted Ginn Jr. on the field together — to give themselves a similar speed threat.

‘‘You love the kid,’’ coach Matt Nagy said of Cohen. ‘‘He worked hard to get to this point. He’ll be in our corner; we’ll be in his corner.’’