David Montgomery Injuries Update
David Montgomery will be out four to five weeks, according to ESPN’s Dan Graziano. The team declined to air the injury on their broadcast, but it sounds like Montgomery has sprained his knee and is likely to be out for several weeks. If it is an ACL tear, it will be a long time before Montgomery is able to play again. That said, it’s always a good idea to have a plan in place in case David Montgomery is sidelined for a long time.
Artavis Pierce is back in the lineup
The Chicago Bears have reverted David Pierce to the practice squad. However, he was elevated to the active roster for the Packers game after returning a kickoff for 27 yards. The Bears are likely to be without David Montgomery again next week and Pierce could get a chance to impress the coaching staff if Damian Williams is ruled out for Week 7.
In addition to the veteran Davis, Chicago has added practice squad back-up Artavis Pierce and left guard Dieter Eiselen to the active roster. The addition of Pierce and Eiselen helps fill a need in the running back position. Damien Williams is on the COVID-19 list and is not expected to play. Last year, Pierce was in the lineup for five games and had six carries for 34 yards and a touchdown against the Jaguars. This year, the Bears are likely to give the most carries to Khalil Herbert, but he may get a few against the Packers to give a little extra rushing help.
Another key move was the addition of running back Artavis Pierce from the Bears’ practice squad. The Bears were short-handed at the running back position and needed a backup. After signing Williams and Herbert, the Bears needed another running back, and the practice squad added a third back. They added Pierce to add depth and to replace David Montgomery in the backfield. With all these players on the roster, the Bears are shorthanded at the position, and a healthy Artavis Pierce will give the offense a much-needed boost.
While the Chicago Bears are without David Montgomery this week, they could potentially add another running back to the roster for Sunday’s game against the Packers. The Bears signed two undrafted free agents in 2018 and 2019, and both could start this Sunday against the Packers. While Nall and Pierce have a chance to start the game, one of them will be promoted to the active roster. Artavis Pierce is the more traditional option among the two.
Allen Robinson II will return to the lineup
Despite being listed as questionable on the team’s injury report, there are some signs that Allen Robinson II will return to the lineup for the Chicago Bears. Robinson has not practiced much in recent weeks and is dealing with an ankle injury. If he can play in Tampa, the Bears can rest the veteran wide receiver and open some holes in the Bucs’ secondary. After being sidelined for most of the season, Robinson had been hoping to be re-signed on a multi-year deal.
A report from NBC Sports indicates that the Chicago Bears will make a move on Allen Robinson’s status against the Green Bay Packers. Robinson missed three games last season due to a hamstring injury and is now questionable to play against the Packers. Regardless of the injury, Robinson is expected to play in Week 8 against the Lions. If he plays, the Bears will have two key players back in the starting lineup in the week following Montgomery’s injury.
The Bears’ injuries aren’t limited to Montgomery. Justin Fields, who is expected to start Sunday, returned to practice Wednesday. Allen Robinson II and Akiem Hicks, who were both listed as questionable on Friday, are also expected to return to the lineup this week. Akiem Hicks, who was listed as questionable before the Pittsburgh game, practiced with no limitations and is expected to play on Sunday.
Assuming Montgomery returns to the lineup, Herbert will take the role of bell cow for the Bears until the injury reoccurs. Montgomery has a brutal post-bye schedule, which could make his fantasy value murky. While Herbert is a bell cow, he should be a flex option in deep leagues until Montgomery returns. In the meantime, he should be a valuable flex player to add to your roster until Montgomery returns.
After Ty Montgomery’s injury update, the Bears are expected to bring in backup DT Damien Williams. Williams was activated from the COVID list on Saturday and is a top FAAB and waiver claim priority. However, if he is active, the Bears should be able to rely on Anthony Miller. Damien Williams could be a great value if he returns from the COVID list.
Tarik Cohen remains on the PUP list
While David Montgomery continues his recovery from a torn ACL, he will miss at least six weeks of the season. The team will be without one of its top running backs. Cohen’s absence will be felt most in the backfield, as the Bears plan to rely heavily on Damien Williams. Meanwhile, Montgomery will remain on the PUP list. The injury update for Cohen remains a mystery, though.
The Bears have released running back Tarik Cohen with an injury designation. He is still unable to pass a physical due to an ACL tear that he sustained in early September. He hopes to be ready for the start of the 2021 season, but that’s unlikely to happen until the middle of April. At this point, Cohen will turn 27 in June, and a clear physical will improve his chances of regaining his pre-injury value. Meanwhile, Chicago is not desperate for another running back, and Khalil Herbert and David Montgomery are expected to form a one-two punch this season.
Chicago still has a solid pass-catching running back in Damian Williams. The Bears have a solid punt returner in Khalil Herbert. Besides that, Tarik Cohen could improve the Bears’ offense if he gets healthy. In addition to his potential role as a flex option, the Bears should also consider adding a running back. Jordan Howard is a viable option.
The Bengals also remain without the services of running back Tarik Cohen. Unless Cohen is able to play, Montgomery’s carries will likely be capped by Damien Williams and Tarik Cohen. With Cohen on the PUP list, the Bears will have to use a committee approach. The other two are rookies and Damian Williams, and Tarik Cohen is on the PUP list.
The Bears rushed for just over 20 yards Sunday, and Tarik Cohen caught four passes for 24 yards. The lack of touches makes him an iffy FLEX option in standard and PPR leagues. However, Cohen is likely to play against the Packers in Week 4 and should be available in PPR formats. It is too early to say how long Cohen will be out of action.
David Montgomery’s knee injury is not as serious as an ACL tear
The good news is that the knee injury suffered by Bears running back David Montgomery is not as serious as the ACL tear. Montgomery will undergo an MRI on Monday to determine the exact extent of the injury. Initial tests have revealed that it is simply a hyperextended knee. Still, Montgomery’s health is an important consideration as it will affect the Bears’ offense in the near future. The third-year back has rushed for 309 yards and three touchdowns in his first four games. The most recent game in which he has rushed for 79 yards and a touchdown was a 20-17 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.
The news is good news for fantasy football players who are looking to draft or stash running backs. Montgomery posted a career high of 4.3 yards per carry in 2020 and dropped below four in 2019. The lack of a definitive diagnosis is a good sign for Montgomery’s fantasy owners, but it’s still not good news for the RB position. The Chicago Bears need a backup running back with starter potential in the backfield.
The X-ray of David Montgomery’s knee suggests that he did not suffer an ACL tear. But if he does, that doesn’t necessarily mean he won’t return to the field. He did, however, sprain his knee and was helped off the field. The Bears aren’t ruling out another season-ending injury. And since the Lions can’t show the injury, the team will work through it.
Despite the initial signs of an ACL tear, the Chicago Bears are still evaluating Montgomery’s knee. The initial tests have come back normal and show that the knee injury isn’t serious, though further tests will be needed to confirm the diagnosis. If the Lions did have to replace David Montgomery, the Bears would lose a valuable offensive weapon in Montgomery. With 106 rushing yards in a NFC North rivalry game, losing Montgomery would have hurt the offense.
After a game with the Lions, the team found out that running back David Montgomery’s knee injury isn’t an ACL tear. The initial tests also showed that the knee injury was not an ACL tear. The Chicago Bears might continue to work out more backs this week in order to improve their depth chart. However, the Bears could find another back to take Montgomery’s place in the lineup.