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Officially on PUP list, Bears RB Tarik Cohen out at least 6 weeks

The Bears made two procedural moves Tuesday that would allow running back Tarik Cohen and offensive tackle Teven Jenkins to return later this season, if healthy.

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The Bears put Tarik Cohen on the PUP list Tuesday.
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The Bears made two procedural moves Tuesday that would allow running back Tarik Cohen and tackle Teven Jenkins to return later this season, if healthy.

As expected, they put running back Tarik Cohen on the physically unable to perform list, which means he won’t be able to return to game action until at least Week 7. They also put rookie left tackle Teven Jenkins on the active roster with the intent of then moving him to injured reserve. Those moves would allow Jenkins to return to game action late in the season after having back surgery Aug. 18.

The Bears’ decisions — which were due by the 3 p.m. cut deadline — were expected.

It’s possible Jenkins won’t play at all this year — but the Bears haven’t ruled him out for the entire season yet.

Cohen is not close to returning to practice as he continues to recover from October anterior cruciate ligament surgery on his right knee.

“He’s not where he needs to be right now,” coach Matt Nagy said Monday. “But he is improving, and the only thing that we can do is keep grinding with that rehab. That’s all he can do.”