Detroit Lions running back Jahmyr Gibbs (26) runs against Atlanta Falcons during the second half at Ford Field in Detroit on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2023.

Lions thinned at RB, confident ‘someone will step up’

Starter David Montgomery missed practice for the Detroit Lions on Thursday, leaving the team hopeful rookie Jahmyr Gibbs can return from a hamstring injury for Sunday’s game at Baltimore.

Gibbs was limited at Thursday’s practice and did not play in the last two games, including what looks like a costly win over the Buccaneers last week.

Craig Reynolds stepped into a bigger role last week after Montgomery left Detroit’s victory with a rib injury. Campbell said earlier this week Montgomery could be out multiple games.

Reynolds rushed for 15 yards on 10 carries at Tampa Bay but was limited Thursday with toe and hamstring injuries. He did not practice Wednesday.

Gibbs is “trending the right direction,” head coach Dan Campbell said. A first-round pick, Gibbs didn’t play in the Lions’ wins over the Carolina Panthers or Buccaneers.

Offensive coordinator Ben Johnson said the loss of Montgomery is significant for an offense that had identified him as the featured back, but believes the Lions have the depth to hold up.

“He was a bell cow for us,” Johnson said. “But like we’ve had so often already this year in the receiver room and the O-line room, someone will step up and rise to the occasion, there’s no doubt about it.”

The Lions already were without backup running back Zonovan Knight, who was placed on injured reserve with a torn labrum.

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Lions receiver Jameson Williams celebrates with running back David Montgomery (5) after Montgomery's touchdown against the Panthers during the first half Sunday, Oct. 8, 2023, at Ford Field.

Lions RB David Montgomery to miss time with rib injury

Lions running back David Montgomery is dealing with a rib injury that will sideline him for an undetermined period of time, Detroit head coach Dan Campbell said Monday.

The Lions are still assessing Montgomery’s health picture and options for replacing him while moving ahead into Week 7 with a 5-1 record.

It’s possible Montgomery won’t play until Week 10, which would allow the Lions to rest him through the team’s bye the week prior.

Campbell said first-round pick Jahmyr Gibbs could be one such option for this week’s game against the Baltimore Ravens. Gibbs was inactive the past two weeks with a hamstring injury. He was out for the Week 6 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, when the Lions lost Montgomery and turned to Craig Reynolds and Devine Ozigbo.

“I feel a lot better about Gibbs this week,” Campbell said Monday, adding he’s “trending the right way” to face the Ravens.

Campbell added that rookie safety Brian Branch (ankle) “looked really good” on Monday and could be active at Baltimore.

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Oct 15, 2023; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Vita Vea (50) reacts after he tackles Detroit Lions running back David Montgomery (5) during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement Neitzel-USA TODAY Sports

Lions RB David Montgomery (rib) exits vs. Buccaneers

Detroit Lions running back David Montgomery departed Sunday’s game against the host Tampa Bay Buccaneers due to a rib injury.

Montgomery was injured midway during the second quarter. He ultimately walked off the field on his own power.

Montgomery had 14 yards on six carries before exiting. He leads the Lions with 385 rushing yards and six touchdowns.

Earlier this season, Montgomery missed a Week 3 game against the Atlanta Falcons due to a thigh injury.

Montgomery’s backup, first-round pick Jahmyr Gibbs (hamstring), missed his second straight game.

Craig Reynolds received most of the ball-carrying chores against Tampa Bay and finished with 15 yards on 10 carries. Detroit had just 40 rushing yards on 22 attempts.

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Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff (16) hands the ball to running back David Montgomery (5) against Seattle Seahawks during the first half at Ford Field in Detroit on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2023.

Report: Lions RB David Montgomery to play vs. Packers

Detroit Lions running back David Montgomery and left tackle Taylor Decker are expected to play in Thursday’s game against the host Green Bay Packers, NFL Network reported.

Cornerback Emmanuel Moseley (knee, hamstring) is not expected to play versus the Packers (2-1), per the report. All three players were listed as questionable on Wednesday for the showdown between the NFC North rivals.

NFL Network reported that Green Bay running back Aaron Jones and wide receiver Christian Watson are expected to play versus Detroit (2-1). Both players were listed as questionable on Wednesday with hamstring injuries, though Watson said he plans to make his season debut this week.

Montgomery, 26, sat out the Lions’ 20-6 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday with a thigh injury. Rookie Jahmyr Gibbs rushed 17 times for 80 yards in his absence.

Montgomery has 37 carries for 141 yards and two touchdowns in two games this season.

Decker, 30, has missed the last two games due to an ankle injury.

Jones, 28, sustained his injury at the end of his 35-yard touchdown catch-and-run in Green Bay’s 38-20 victory over the Chicago Bears on Sept. 10. He sat out the Packers’ 25-24 loss to the Falcons the following week and 18-17 win over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

Watson, 24, hasn’t played this season due to a hamstring injury. He recorded 41 catches for 611 yards and seven touchdowns in 14 games (11 starts) as a rookie in 2022.

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Sep 10, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones (33) runs for a touchdown during the second half of their game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike De Sisti-USA TODAY Sports

Packers RB Aaron Jones questionable to face Lions

Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones turned in his third straight limited practice on Wednesday and is listed as questionable to play versus the visiting Detroit Lions on Thursday.

Jones suffered a hamstring injury at the end of his 35-yard touchdown catch-and-run in Green Bay’s 38-20 victory over the Chicago Bears on Sept. 10. He sat out the Packers’ 25-24 loss to the Atlanta Falcons the following week and 18-17 win over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

Wide receiver Christian Watson recorded his second consecutive limited practice session on Wednesday and is questionable to face the Lions (2-1). He has yet to make his season debut while dealing with a hamstring injury.

Jaire Alexander (back) was limited for the second straight practice on Wednesday. He joins fellow cornerback Carrington Valentine (biceps) and offensive lineman Zach Tom (knee) as questionable.

Green Bay offensive tackle David Bakhtiari (knee), guard Elgton Jenkins (knee), linebacker De’Vondre Campbell (ankle) and safety Zayne Anderson (hamstring) did not practice at all this week and were ruled out against Detroit.

The Lions listed running back David Montgomery (thigh), tackle Taylor Decker (ankle), guard Jonah Jackson (thigh), safety Kerby Joseph (hip) and defensive back Emmanuel Moseley (knee/hamstring) as questionable to face Green Bay (2-1). Those five players were estimated as limited participants in Wednesday’s practice.

Offensive tackle Matt Nelson (ankle), fullback Jason Cabinda (knee) and guard Halapoulivaati Vaitai (knee) were ruled out for Thursday’s game.

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Jul 27, 2022; Oxnard, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys receiver James Washington (83) carries the ball during training camp at the River Ridge Fields. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Colts sign former Steelers, Cowboys WR James Washington

The Indianapolis Colts signed veteran wide receiver James Washington to a free-agent contract on Friday, three days after he was released by the New Orleans Saints.

In a related move, the Colts waived wideout Malik Turner, who has an undisclosed injury. The five-year veteran would revert to the team’s injured reserve list if unclaimed off waivers.

Washington, who has played five NFL seasons, joins his fourth organization since the start of the calendar year. After playing the 2022 season with Dallas following four seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, he was cut by the Cowboys in the week leading up to Week 18.

The Steelers’ second-round pick in 2018 was scooped up one week later by the New York Giants ahead of the playoffs, but Washington did not appear in New York’s two postseason games.

After being cut in late January, Washington signed with New Orleans in May before being cut this week.

In five previous seasons, Washington owns 114 receptions for 1,629 yards and 11 touchdown catches across 62 games (25 starts). His best season came in his second with the Steelers in 2019, when he posted 44 catches for 735 yards and three TDs.

He played in just two games for Dallas in 2022 without a catch.

The Colts added another wideout on Friday, signing D.J. Montgomery. His only NFL action came with the New York Jets in 2021 when he caught three passes for 36 yards in three games.

The team also placed defensive end Genard Avery on IR after he suffered a season-ending knee injury in a joint practice with the Chicago Bears on Wednesday.

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Nov 25, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery (32) runs the ball during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: RB dominoes fall with David Montgomery leaving Bears for Lions

Bears running back David Montgomery is headed north to join NFC North rival Detroit, reportedly agreeing to a three-year, $18 million deal on Tuesday night with the Lions.

The signing comes as reports indicated Lions free agent Jamaal Williams is engaged with other teams, including the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals, after widely being expected to return to Detroit.

ESPN reported Montgomery, 25, will receive $11 million guaranteed as part of the deal.

A third-round pick in 2019, Montgomery has 3,609 rushing yards and 26 touchdowns over the last four seasons.

Chicago could turn to the draft to restock at the position, and top prospect Bijan Robinson (Texas) is projected to be a top-15 pick. The Bears pick at No. 9 following a trade with the Carolina Panthers.

Williams, who rushed for 1,066 yards with 17 touchdowns in 2022, was also connected to the Panthers this week. Joining Carolina would reunite Williams with running backs coach Duce Staley.

The Bears reportedly responded by agreeing to a two-year deal with former Seattle Seahawks running back Travis Homer, according to his agent, Spencer Cannold. Khalil Herbert carried the load as the lead back for the Bears while Montgomery was sidelined due to injury last season.

Herbert has 232 carries for 1,164 yards and six TDs in two seasons.

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Sep 11, 2021; Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA;  Tulsa Golden Hurricane head coach Philip Montgomery talks to his players during a timeout in the first quarter against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Boone Pickens Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Rojo-USA TODAY Sports

Tulsa fires coach Philip Montgomery after 8 seasons

Tulsa fired coach Philip Montgomery on Sunday, a day after the Golden Hurricane concluded a 5-7 season with a come-from-behind victory at Houston.

Athletic director Rick Dickson said the school had “decided to make a change” in the leadership of the program.

“This was an extremely difficult decision, one that affects a number of individuals and is never easy for anyone involved,” Dickson said in a statement. “Philip’s dedication to our student-athletes is unquestioned and we thank him for his tireless efforts in leading our young men. He has represented TU with class and character. We appreciate Philip’s commitment to the University of Tulsa, our football program and the Tulsa community.”

Montgomery went 43-53 in eight seasons, leading Tulsa to four bowl games, and his 96 games with the team is third all-time at the program.

“I’m certainly disappointed that I won’t have the opportunity to continue leading this program,” Montgomery said in a statement. “For the past eight years, I’ve given the University of Tulsa, our players, and staff everything I have. I’m proud of the way we locked arms and battled through adversity at every turn.”

Montgomery landed his first head coaching job with the Golden Hurricane in 2015 after serving as Baylor’s offensive coordinator for the final four of his seven seasons on the Bears’ staff.

Tulsa scuffled to a 1-6 record over a seven-game span during the season, losing quarterback Davis Brin. The team did rebound to close the season with consecutive victories behind backup Braylon Braxton, a redshirt freshman.

Ultimately, it was not enough to save Montgomery’s job.

“On behalf of the Trustees, I thank Philip for his commitment to TU,” university president Brad Carson said in a statement. “He and his coaching staff have built a program centered on the student-athlete, both athletically and academically. TU remains committed to those student-athletes through this transition.”

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Sep 11, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Ty Montgomery (14) slips after catching a pass during the second half against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Patriots place RB Ty Montgomery (knee) on IR

The New England Patriots placed running back Ty Montgomery on injured reserve Tuesday, two days after he attempted to play through a right knee injury.

The move means Montgomery must miss at least the next four games, beginning with Sunday’s contest against the host Pittsburgh Steelers.

The eight-year veteran was injured during a preseason game against the Las Vegas Raiders on Aug. 26 and carted from the sideline to the locker room.

However, he was active for Sunday’s 20-7 loss to the Miami Dolphins and played a total of 21 snaps. He rushed twice for minus-2 yards, caught three passes for 15 yards and a touchdown and returned one kickoff for 28 yards.

Montgomery, 29, has rushed for 1,178 yards and seven touchdowns, caught 142 passes for 1,119 yards and four scores and averaged 22.4 yards on kick returns in 79 games (20 starts) during eight NFL seasons with five teams. This is his first season with the Patriots.

New England also signed receiver Lil’Jordan Humphrey from its practice squad and signed offensive tackle Marcus Cannon to the practice squad.

Humphrey, 24, was elevated to the active roster for the Miami game and reverted back to the practice squad afterward. It was his first game for the Patriots after playing in 18 for the New Orleans Saints from 2019-21, catching 16 passes for 295 yards and three scores.

Cannon, 34, spent his first nine NFL seasons (2011-19) with the Patriots before opting out of the 2020 COVID-19 season. He returned to play four games for the Houston Texans last season and has made 119 regular-season appearances (73 starts).

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Aug 26, 2022; Paradise, Nevada, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Ty Montgomery (14) is helped off the field after sustaining an injury during a preseason game against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Report: More tests for Pats WR Ty Montgomery (ankle)

New England Patriots wide receiver Ty Montgomery will have more tests Saturday on his injured right ankle.

He had to be helped off the field after getting hurt in the first quarter of Friday’s 23-6 preseason loss at Las Vegas.

Coach Bill Belichick confirmed Saturday that Montgomery, 29, flew back with the team after the game.

The Patriots signed Montgomery to a two-year, $3.6 million contract in free agency in March.

He caught 16 passes for 95 yards and rushed for 44 yards in 14 games (three starts) with New Orleans last season.

A third-round pick by Green Bay in 2015, Montgomery has 1,104 receiving yards and 1,180 rushing yards with 10 touchdowns in 78 games (20 starts) with the Packers (2015-18), Baltimore Ravens (2018), New York Jets (2019) and Saints.

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