When questioned about Ty Montgomery’s injury status on Wednesday, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick declined to comment, but the matter was made public shortly after.
The veteran who doubles as a running back and wide receiver will miss the remainder of the campaign following shoulder surgery, according to Jim McBride of The Boston Globe. On Wednesday, Belichick responded in a very Belichick-like manner when asked about the situation with Montgomery. With a smile, he advised taking things day by day.
Patriots supporters shouldn’t be too shocked by Montgomery’s most recent update. Due to the shoulder injury, he was placed on injured reserve after the Patriots’ Week 1 loss to the Miami Dolphins. At the time, he was expected to miss at least four games, but it appeared he would probably miss more.
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) November 16, 2022
The 29-year-old has already been hurt this season as well. Montgomery sustained an ankle sprain in the Patriots’ last preseason game against the Las Vegas Raiders, which at the time seemed to be much more serious as he was carried off the field. But Montgomery eventually felt well enough to practice before the Dolphins game in Week 1.
In that game, Montgomery had a strong outing as a reserve out of the backfield, catching three passes for 15 yards and a score. The eight-year veteran, who signed with New England in March, appeared to be going into the season as the Patriots’ primary passing-down running back following a strong preseason and training camp showing.
Ty Montgomery rolls into the end zone! #ForeverNE
— NFL (@NFL) September 11, 2022
Montgomery’s replacement, Rhamondre Stevenson, has stepped forward. Through the first nine games, Stevenson has 35 receptions for 227 yards and a score. Belichick has praised Stevenson for his pass blocking out of the backfield in addition to his production as a receiver. In his 44 pass-blocking snaps thus far, Stevenson has only been given credit for two pressures, according to Pro Football Focus.