Tarik Cohen won’t participate in 40-yard dash contest

Lorin Cox

Tarik Cohen wont participate in 40-yard dash contest originally appeared on nbcsportschicago.com

The race to determine pro football's fastest player won't include Tarik Cohen, but a different Bears player still plans to participate in the tournament-style 40-yard-dash contest.

The 5-foot-6 running back was originally slated to participate in "40 yards of gold," an independent competition that attracted the likes of New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara and wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr., but Cohen's name no longer appears in the list of 16 participants.

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Still in the mix is Bears defensive back John Franklin III, an undrafted free agent from last offseason who starred in "Last Chance U" on Netflix.

He was also a star in track during his high school and college careers, with his speed allowing him to play everywhere from quarterback to wide receiver and now DB.

Before the draft last year, a video surfaced of Franklin running what appears to be a laser-timed, 4.19-second 40-yard dash

But he then went on to run a timed 4.4-second 40 in the National Scouting Combine, which is different from the full NFL scouting combine.

Franklin has already proven he's fast, but he'll see just how well he stacks up in his first race of the tournament June 29 against former Northern Iowa undrafted free agent Terrell Sinkfield, who ran a 4.19 40-yard dash during his Pro Day in 2013. 

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