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The sign that let Tarik Cohen know he belongs in NFL

The sign that let Tarik Cohen know he belongs in NFL

Tarik Cohen's first NFL touchdown had a cool little twist to it. 

After the electric running back found the end zone on a Mike Glennon swing pass, he noticed some familiar numbers on the game clock. 

"When I scored a touchdown, I looked up at the clock and it read 7:26, and that's my birthday," Cohen, referring to his July 26 birthday, said on Bears Postgame Live. "I feel like that was a sign, like I'm really meant to be on this level."

Based on his production in his regular season debut, many people wouldn't argue with his conclusion.  

The rookie out of North Carolina A&T finished Sunday's loss with 113 total yards, which included a thrilling 46-yard run, where he reversed fields and broke a few tackles. He's already a fan favorite in Chicago, thanks to his dynamic athleticism on the field and engaging personality off of it. 

Expect him to be widely coveted in fantasy.

Former Blackhawks defenseman Pierre Pilote dies at 85

Former Blackhawks defenseman Pierre Pilote dies at 85

The Blackhawks family is mourning the loss of Stanley Cup champion Pierre Pilote. 

Pilote passed away Saturday night at the age of 85. The Blackhawks released a statement Sunday afternoon: 

The Chicago Blackhawks offer our sincere condolences to the family of Pierre Pilote as we mourn his passing. Pierre was one of the most decorated defenseman in NHL history and was a valuable member of the 1961 Stanley Cup championship team. He will be remembered for his toughness, leadership and reliability on the ice—as proven by his captaincy and streak of 376 consecutive games played. We will forever be grateful for his incredible contribution to the Blackhawks and the game of hockey.

The legendary defenseman spent 13 of his 14 NHL seasons in Chicago, tallying 477 points in 821 games. He won the Norris Trophy three consecutive seasons (1963-1965) and his No. 3 is retired by the team. 

Pilote's family also released a statement: 

We are saddened with the passing of our father, but our family will always remember the Blackhawks organization for providing us with so many special moments. We are so proud of what our father accomplished in his professional career and thankful that his legacy will be preserved with the retirement of his #3 by the team.

The Hall of Famer made an impression on people on and off the ice. 

"A consistent, durable, dependable defender who enjoyed the offensive aspects of the position, Pierre Pilote was a team captain, an eight-time post-season All-Star and a three-time Norris Trophy winner," Commissioner Bettman said. "'Mainstay of the Blackhawks' 1961 Stanley Cup champion, Pierre also was a man of humor and great dignity and a proud member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. The National Hockey League mourns Pierre's passing and sends heartfelt condolences to his family, teammates and many friends."

Bears release outside linebacker Lamarr Houston

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Bears release outside linebacker Lamarr Houston

Lamarr Houston's roller coaster with the Bears is over.

The outside linebacker, who former general manager Phil Emery inked to a five-year, $35 million in 2014, was released with an injury settlement on Wednesday.

Houston's ride in Chicago had many ups and downs. His first season with the team ended in embarrassing fashion when he tore his ACL while celebrating a meaningless sack in a blowout loss. He had a resurgence the next season, however, playing in all 16 games and leading the team with eight sacks.  

Knee problems quickly derailed any progress made, as the seven-year veteran was lost in the second game of last season with another torn ACL. His 2017 campaign lasted four preseason games. He was placed on injured reserve after suffering another knee injury in the preseason finale.

Houston said his goodbyes to the city and organization via Fox Sports, telling fans "it was an honor to play for you guys." 

He also posted on his Instagram account: 

I would like to thank @chicagobears for the opportunity of a lifetime! Great fans, great organization, great city!

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