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Charles Tillman, retired NFL defensive back, now an FBI agent

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CHICAGO — Former Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman has become an FBI agent, according to multiple reports.

Sources told ESPN last September that Tillman had enrolled at the FBI Training Academy in Quantico, Virginia, in order to pursue a full-time career at the agency.

The FBI does not comment on personnel matters.

Tillman’s interest in joining the FBI after football dates back to his playing career, during which Tillman — according to another source — occasionally observed and worked alongside law enforcement officials during offseason months.

Tillman, who turned 37 on Friday, earned a criminal justice degree from Louisiana-Lafayette. His father, Donald Tillman Jr., was a sergeant in the Army.

One of the greatest defensive backs in Bears history, Tillman played 12 seasons with Chicago, earning two Pro Bowl nods and being named the NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2013. He also won the NFL’s Salute to Service award in 2012.

Nicknamed “Peanut,” Tillman played his final season with the Carolina Panthers in 2015 but signed a one-day contract to retire as a Bear in July 2016.

Tillman spent his first year out of football working as an NFL analyst for Fox Sports.

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Tennessee Titans OLB coach Shane Bowen in COVID-19 protocol

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Titans were without outside linebackers coach and defensive playcaller Shane Bowen against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday due to the COVID-19 protocol.

Bowen was placed in protocol after getting test results back on Saturday morning before the team left for Minnesota.

“Shane wasn’t with us and is not currently with us as it stands today because of the [COVID-19] protocol that we have to follow,” head coach Mike Vrabel said.

Vrabel called the plays on defense since Bowen was not with the team. Special teams coach Craig Aukerman was also given a headset to handle any necessary responsibilities if Vrabel was with the defense for an extended period of time.

Vrabel didn’t reveal any timetable when asked about Bowen’s return. While Bowen is away, Vrabel and defensive assistant Matt Edwards will work with the outside linebackers during practice. Edwards has worked with the group since training camp.

Vrabel also said he hopes to get offensive tackle Isaiah Wilson back on the practice field this week. Wilson was placed into COVID-19 protocol earlier this month.

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Jacksonville Jaguars to add Stephen Hauschka after kicker injuries, source says

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The Jacksonville Jaguars will sign veteran kicker Stephen Hauschka after rookie kicker Brandon Wright suffered a groin injury in last Thursday’s loss to the Miami Dolphins, a source tells ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Wright was subbing for Josh Lambo, who was placed on injured reserve with a left hip injury.

Hauschka was released by the Buffalo Bills last month after losing the team’s kicking competition to rookie kicker Tyler Bass.

Hauschka won a Super Bowl with the Seattle Seahawks in 2013 and signed with the Bills four years later, making 87.9% of his kicks in his first season in Buffalo. He made 78.6% of his field goals in each of his past two seasons, however, including just 41.7% of his attempts for 50 yards or longer.

He spent six seasons as Seattle’s starting kicker after stints in Baltimore and Denver.

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Nick Foles to stay Chicago Bears’ starter at QB; Tarik Cohen has torn ACL

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Nick Foles will be the starter at quarterback going forward after he rallied the Chicago Bears to a comeback victory 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 season.

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 finished the game 16-of-29 for 188 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. He had two additional touchdown passes overturned by the officials.

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.

He had two carries for 21 yards and three receptions for 20 yards before the injury.

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