Nick Foles will be the starter at quarterback for now on after he rallied the Chicago Bears to a comeback triumph over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday in relief of Mitchell Trubisky.
The announcement was made by coach Matt Nagy, who also said tests confirmed that running back Tarik Cohen has a torn ACL and will miss the remainder of the campaign.
Nagy benched Trubisky in favor of Foles with Chicago trailing by 16 points in the third quarter. Foles responded by throwing three second-half touchdown passes, including the game-winning 28-yard strike to wide receiver Anthony Miller just after the two-minute warning.
Foles also had touchdown passes to Allen Robinson and Jimmy Graham.
He concluded the game 16-of-29 for 188 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. He had two additional touchdown passes overturned by the officials.
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Cohen suffered his injury on a punt return when Atlanta’s Brian Hill got pushed into the back of his right leg, caused his knee to bend awkwardly. Cohen went to the ground and immediately clutched his right knee. The 5-foot-6 all-purpose threat was unable to put any pressure on his right leg when trainers helped him off the field.
Cohen was instantly removed from the match, was quickly ruled out, and the worst was feared almost immediately. The Bears’ biggest fears were realized stings on multiple levels.
He had two carries for 21 yards and three receptions for 20 yards before the injury.
The Bears will be without him the remainder of the year. Anthony Miller could replace him – and he’s got upside in that role, as well – but Cohen was the guy for a reason.
Indeed, the Bears wouldn’t have given Cohen this three-year extension a little over a week ago, if they didn’t think he was vital.
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