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Tarik Cohen's headed to London with two goals: A Bears win and a Queen's Guard smile

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Tarik Cohen's headed to London with two goals: A Bears win and a Queen's Guard smile

If there’s one anecdote that can properly sum up Bears’ running back Tarik Cohen, it’s probably the one Matt Nagy told on Thursday morning.  

He and Cohen were walking to practice this week and chatting about the Queen’s Guard, the famously-stoic uniformed guards that stand outside of Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle. Trying to get the soldiers to break character has become as much of a tradition as the soldiers themselves, and the Bears’ head coach is fascinated by their discipline.

“I don’t know how a human being can sit there and do that like they do,” he said. “That’s crazy, but it’s pretty cool. So, I just sat there like a little kid, just staring.” 

But Cohen wasn’t impressed. 

“And I said, you realize that these guys – they’re pretty impressive,” Nagy added.  “And he goes ‘ah nah, I’ll get ‘em to move. I’ll definitely to get ‘em to move.’” 

“I’m funny, coach. I’ll get ‘em to move.’” 

From the sounds of it, the Bears don’t have much time for sight-seeing. If he gets the chance to lay some material on the Queen’s Guard, though, he’s going in confident. 

“I’m like Kevin Hart, Eddie Murphy,” Cohen said. He wasn’t interested in giving a preview, though. 

“It’s got to be natural. It’s got to be in the moment. You can’t have anything planned. You can’t have knock-knock jokes – they’ve probably heard all the jokes in the world.” 

And yeah, it’s mostly a silly anecdote. But the Bears talk all the time about how fiercely dedicated they are to building the right culture, and Cohen’s impact on that culture is undeniable. 

His humor (he continues, to Nagy’s chagrin, insist that he’s the emergency QB) keeps the locker room loose, so maybe it could do the same at Buckingham Palace. 

“If there’s someone who could make them laugh, it’s Tarik,” Kyle Long said. “He’s funny. He’s very funny.”

“I’m pretty sure he could get it done,” Nick Williams added. “He’s got some good jokes.” 

Javon Wims pretended to be a fan and discussed Week 14 injury with driver

Javon Wims pretended to be a fan and discussed Week 14 injury with driver

Javon Wims left the Bears' Week 14 victory over the Cowboys in the second quarter with an apparent knee injury.

The severity of the injury was unknown at the time, but fortunately, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Friday that it's "nothing major."

Saturday afternoon, Wims posted a rather comical exchange between himself and a car driver (presumably an Uber driver, though that's not confirmed), wherein he discussed his injury as if he was just another fan. 

"Nah he's not too bad," Wims assured the driver, after the driver said he hoped Wims wasn't seriously hurt. "I think he'll be alright... You know, I was at that game, so I saw him walk off. He walked off pretty gingerly, but it looked like he was okay. 

"That kid got a bright future ahead of him, he got all the intangibles," Wims continued. 

The two shared a laugh when Wims revealed his true identity. Wims' status for next week's matchup with the Packers isn't clear at the moment, but it's nice to see him making lemonade out of lemons for the time being.

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NFL fines Lions, Matt Patricia for violating Injury Report Policy before Week 10 game against Bears

NFL fines Lions, Matt Patricia for violating Injury Report Policy before Week 10 game against Bears

The Lions fought admirably in their Thanksgiving day loss to their Bears — even without starting QB Matthew Stafford, who missed the game with a back injury.

With third-stringer David Blough under center, Detroit hung around all game, but were outdone by a late Mitch Trubisky game-winning drive, falling 24-20.

In the moment, Stafford's absence was a surprising development. Now, according to a report by NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, the Lions organization, head coach Matt Patricia and GM Bob Quinn are all facing fines for not properly updating Stafford's status in advance of the game:

It's insult to injury for a team currently in the basement of the NFC North at 3-8-1. Two victories over the Lions over a span of four weeks helped spark Trubisky and the Bears to the late-season surge they're currently enjoying.

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