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Bears running back Tarik Cohen to open training camp on PUP list

The move came almost 10 months after he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

Bears running back Tarik Cohen stretches before practice in 2020.
Bears running back Tarik Cohen stretches before practice in 2020.
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Running back Tarik Cohen isn’t quite ready to start training camp.

The Bears put Cohen on the physically unable-to-perform list Sunday, almost 10 months after he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. With seven weeks until the opener, the Bears remain encouraged by his progress.

The Bears also put rookie receiver Dazz Newsome on the PUP list. He had surgery to repair his left collarbone after breaking it during a practice in early June and is expected to be ready to return soon. He figures to compete with former Patriots receiver Damiere Byrd for the playing time originally carved out for Anthony Miller, whom the Bears agreed to trade Saturday to the Texans.

Bears veterans will report to training camp Tuesday at Halas Hall; rookies and quarterbacks practiced Sunday.

Players on the PUP list can attend meetings but can’t practice until they are medically cleared by the team.

Cohen had surgery in October and was present at the Bears’ mandatory minicamp as an observer in June. He never had missed a game as a pro until he was injured against the Falcons in Week 3. Cohen had 14 carries for 74 yards and caught six passes for 41 yards in 2 1/2 games last season.