Bears sign DT Cohen; officially shelve Melton

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Looking to add depth to the interior of their defensive line after the loss of Henry Melton, the Chicago Bears signed journeyman DT Landon Cohen to the roster Friday and placed Melton on injured reserve.

Cohen  was one of two veteran DT’s the Bears had in for a workout on Tuesday. He has appeared in 27 games with five starts with Detroit (2008-09), Jacksonville (2010), New England (2010-11) and Dallas (2013) recording 32 tackles. The Cowboys released him earlier this season. Cohen will be asked to play a situational role, rotating in for Nate Collins. He’s not a full-time starter by any stretch, but has some snaps under his belt and could be an adequate fill-in. Rookie DT Zach Minter is also on the roster if needed.

After attending high school in South Carolilna, Cohen attended Ohio University, where he played in 12 games as a true freshman in 2004, making three starts at nose guard. In 2005, he started all 11 games as a sophomore, finishing with 28 tackles and two quarterback pressures. As a junior in 2006, Cohen started all 14 games and tallied 40 tackles (including 14 for a loss), earning second-team All-Mid-American Conference honors. In 2007, as a senior, he started all 12 games, recording a career-high 59 tackles (12.5 for a loss) and 1.5 sacks, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries. After the season, he again was named to the All-MAC second team.

Cohen was drafted originally by Detroit in the seventh round of the 2008 NFL draft.

Melton has started 32-of-48 career games played for Chicago, collecting 71 tackles, 15.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and nine tackles for losses.

Bears Tracks: CB Charles Tillman participated on a limited basis in practice on Friday after missing Wednesday and Thursday’s workouts. Tillman is recovering from a sore groin sustained in the Pittsburgh contest. He’s also been affected by a knee injury. His health is vital, especially with the Lions on the schedule this week. Tillman is expected to cover Detroit WR Calvin Johnson, and has fared well in past matchups.

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