Oct 3, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery (32) runs with the football in the first half against the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports

Bears expected to activate RB David Montgomery for ‘MNF’

Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery is expected to be active for Monday night’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, NFL Network reported.

Bears coach Matt Nagy said last week there was a good chance Montgomery would be activated off injured reserve and available to play. Montgomery sustained a knee injury in Chicago’s Week 4 win against the Detroit Lions and returned to practice last week.

He was placed on injured reserve on Oct. 9.

Despite missing four games, Montgomery still leads Chicago with three rushing touchdowns and ranks second with 309 rushing yards behind rookie Khalil Herbert (351). The rookie emerged as the Bears’ featured back in Montgomery’s absence, rushing for 344 yards – fourth most in the NFL — over that span.

Montgomery, 24, has rushed for 2,268 yards and 17 touchdowns and caught 85 passes for 672 yards and three TDs in 35 games since the Bears drafted him in the third round in 2019.

Herbert, 23, is still expected to have an impact when the Bears (3-5) visit the Steelers (4-3). The Bears have lost three straight games.

–Field Level Media

Sep 19, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery (32) celebrates with fans after their 20-17 win over the Cincinnati Bengals at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports

Bears designate RB David Montgomery to return from IR

Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery returned to practice Thursday for the first time since spraining his left knee in Week 4.

He was placed on injured reserve on Oct. 9. The team now has a 21-day window to activate Montgomery from IR to the active roster.

Montgomery exited a 24-14 win against the Detroit Lions in the fourth quarter on Oct. 3 after rushing for 106 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries.

Despite missing four games, Montgomery still leads Chicago with three rushing touchdowns and ranks second with 309 rushing yards behind rookie Khalil Herbert (351).

Montgomery, 24, has rushed for 2,268 yards and 17 touchdowns and caught 85 passes for 672 yards and three TDs in 35 games since the Bears drafted him in the third round in 2019.

Herbert, 23, is expected to lead the ground game for the fifth straight week on Monday night when the Bears (3-5) visit the Pittsburgh Steelers (4-3).

–Field Level Media

Oct 3, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery (32) runs with the football in the first half against the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Bears lose David Montgomery (knee) 4-5 weeks

Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery is expected to miss four to five weeks with a sprained knee, multiple outlets reported Tuesday.

Montgomery exited Sunday’s 24-14 victory against the Detroit Lions in the fourth quarter. He rushed for 106 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries.

The 100-yard outing was his second of the season and he leads the Bears with 309 rushing yards and three scores and has six catches for 49 yards.

The 24-year-old Montgomery rushed for 889 yards as a rookie in 2019 and 1,070 last season.

With Montgomery out, the Bears have Damien Williams and rookie Khalil Herbert on their 53-man roster at running back. Williams, 29, has 114 yards from scrimmage and one TD this season and could be in line to start next Sunday for the Bears (2-2) at the Las Vegas Raiders (3-1).

Chicago reportedly added some depth at receiver on Tuesday, acquiring 5-foot-7 Jakeem Grant for the Miami Dolphins for a 2023 sixth-round pick, according to NFL Network.

Grant primarily has served as a returner during his five-plus seasons in Miami, running back three punts and two kickoffs for touchdowns over the course of his career. Grant has also caught 91 passes for 1,001 yards and five touchdowns as a receiver.

–Field Level Media

Oct 3, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery (32) runs with the football in the first half against the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Bears don’t think David Montgomery tore ACL

Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery avoided a major knee injury in Sunday’s game, ESPN and NFL Network reported.

Montgomery is undergoing further tests Monday, per ESPN, but the team doesn’t think he injured his left ACL. NFL Network reported late Sunday night the third-year RB hyperextended his knee.

Montgomery exited Sunday’s 24-14 victory against the Detroit Lions in the fourth quarter. He rushed for 106 yards and two touchdown on 23 carries.

The 100-yard outing was his second of the season and he leads the Bears with 309 rushing yards and three scores.

The 24-year-old Montgomery rushed for 889 yards as a rookie in 2019 and 1,070 last season.

–Field Level Media

Nov 8, 2020; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery (32) gets away from a tackle attempt from Tennessee Titans defensive tackle DaQuan Jones (90) during the second half at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Bears RB Montgomery (concussion) out against Vikings

Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery remains in the concussion protocol and won’t play in Monday night’s game against the Minnesota Vikings, the team said Saturday.

He left Sunday’s 24-17 loss to the Tennessee Titans in the fourth quarter because of the injury.

The second-year running back has 472 yards rushing in nine games (eight starts) with a touchdown. He also has 30 catches for 212 yards and a score.

It will be the first game Montgomery misses in his tenure with the Bears.

Set to replace him are converted receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, third-year pro Ryan Nall and undrafted rookie Artavis Pierce.

“With [Montgomery] being out and being in the protocol right now, what we’ve seen all week in practice is just for our guys that are all there in practice to be able to kind of fill different roles,” coach Matt Nagy said.

Nagy said the Bears could activate running back Lamar Miller from the practice squad. He is attempting a comeback after missing the entire 2019 season, tearing an ACL while playing for the Houston Texans.

“He could be an option,” Nagy said. “It’s something we’re definitely looking into. He’s done a good job of being able to continue to practice hard each and every day.”

In seven NFL seasons, Miller has carried the ball 1,354 times for 5,864 yards and 32 touchdowns. The 2018 Pro Bowl selection also has eight career receiving scores, catching 209 passes for 1,565 yards.

The Bears also declared quarterback Mitch Trubisky (shoulder), defensive lineman John Jenkins (ankle) and defensive back Sherrick McManis (hand) out for the game. Offensive lineman Sam Mustipher is doubtful with a knee injury. Listed as questionable were receiver Allen Robinson (knee), tight end Cole Kmet (groin), offensive lineman Jason Spriggs (knee) and linebacker Barkevious Mingo (shoulder) are listed as questionable.

–Field Level Media

Nov 8, 2020; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery (32) gets away from a tackle attempt from Tennessee Titans defensive tackle DaQuan Jones (90) during the second half at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Bears RB Montgomery in concussion protocol

Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery is in the concussion protocol, coach Matt Nagy said Monday.

Montgomery departed Sunday’s 24-17 loss to the Tennessee Titans in the fourth quarter. He had 14 carries for 30 yards before leaving. Nagy did not address the injury in his postgame press conference.

Ryan Nall replaced Montgomery on Sunday. The Bears also have former Pro Bowl RB Lamar Miller on their practice squad.

There is no timetable for when Montgomery might be cleared. The Bears (5-4) have an extra day ahead to prepare for their Week 10 game, a Monday night meeting on Nov. 16 against the visiting Minnesota Vikings (3-5).

The second-year running back has 472 yards rushing in nine games (eight starts) with a touchdown. He also has 30 catches for 212 yards and a score.

Bears defensive back and special-teams player Sherrick McManis sustained a broken finger against the Titans.

–Field Level Media