David Montgomery, a running back for the Chicago Bears, will not play in Week 4 against the New York Giants. As a result of his injuries in the first quarter of Chicago’s 23-20 victory over the Houston Texans, Montgomery did not play in the rest of the game. He did not participate in this week’s practices and was not spotted rehabilitating during the public sessions.
In Montgomery’s absence, the Bears will rely once more on Khalil Herbert, a second-year running back. During a four-game run in 2021 without Montgomery, Herbert averaged 97 scrimmage yards and 22 touches per week, including 157 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries against the Texans.
Offensive coordinator Luke Getsy said on Thursday that the team’s running backs may not have had as many touches in the first couple of weeks, but that when given the chance, the player made the most of it. “We didn’t bat an eye or give it a second thought since we know we have Khalil’s back (and a few others). We’re lucky to have him as one of our pillars.”
Cornerback Jaylon Johnson (quad) and safety Dane Cruikshank hamstring) are both out for Chicago on Sunday. Velus Jones Jr., a rookie wide receiver, is questionable for Week 4 with a hamstring injury he suffered in training camp. Jones Jr. confessed this week that he has been struggling with the issue.
This season, Friday was the first day he took part in every aspect of practice. Jones did not play for the Bears in their first three games and saw limited action in the Bears’ second preseason game against the Seahawks.
Bears Wednesday injury report
DNP – David Montgomery (ankle/knee – this is the official team designation, unlike what was said Monday), Matt Adams (hamstring), Jaylon Johnson (quad), Dane Cruikshank (hamstring)
— Courtney Cronin (@CourtneyRCronin) September 28, 2022
Special teams coordinator Richard Hightower remarked, “We’re just hoping he’s out there.” “Just hoping he gets on the field is all we can do. Our strategy takes into account the presence of any player wearing a helmet. In contrast to many other things, we rarely undergo significant transformations. We follow the HITS approach, practice our fundamentals and technique, and head out to the field to play ball.”
Cairo Santos, the team’s kicker, was a late addition to the injury report after he was absent from Thursday and Friday’s sessions due to personal matters. Edge rusher Robert Quinn became ill midway through the week and hasn’t been able to make it to practice the past two days. Like linebacker Sterling Weatherford (who has an ankle issue), he is rated as questionable.
On Friday, linebacker Roquan Smith was elevated to full participation in Sunday’s game against the Giants, meaning he does not have any game-time restrictions due to injury. A quad issue forced him to take it easy for the first two days of the workweek. Doubtful starters include linebacker Matt Adams (hamstring) and tight end Ryan Griffin (Achilles).
As a member of the Chicago Bears, Montgomery debuted in Week 1 against the Green Bay Packers. Montgomery had a total of 18 yards on six rushes and 27 yards receiving in the game, which the Bears defeated 10-3. When the Chicago Bears faced the Denver Broncos in Week 2, Montgomery made his NFL debut with 18 carries for 62 yards and his team’s only touchdown in a 16-14 Bears victory.
Montgomery saw more touches than Tarik Cohen but still couldn’t break the 70-yard mark in any of the Bears’ first seven games. The next week, Montgomery responded to a Week 6 performance of 11 carries for 25 yards and a Week 7 performance of two attempts for six yards and a fumble against the New Orleans Saints by rushing for an NFL-best 135 yards and a touchdown in a 17-16 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.
Montgomery ran the ball 14 times for 40 yards and two touchdowns in Week 9’s 22-14 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. That game became Montgomery’s first-ever with three running touchdowns in a game. During Week 17’s 21-19 victory over the Minnesota Vikings, Montgomery ran 23 times for 113 yards and a touchdown. Montgomery totaled 889 running yards and six rushing touchdowns in his debut season.