Montgomery rushed 15 times for 44 yards while catching 16 of 26 targets for 95 yards over 14 games in 2021. Even when Michael Thomas (ankle) and Tre'Quan Smith missed time at wide receiver or when Alvin Kamara skipped four games at running back, Montgomery rarely handled a significant offensive role. The lone exception was a Week 12 matchup with Buffalo, when the 29-year-old rushed six times for 14 yards while catching five of seven targets for 31 yards. Montgomery will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the league year, and it's uncertain whether New Orleans will bring him back for another season.
Montgomery (back) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Falcons. Montgomery played through the back issue last week against the Panthers and will do so again in the final game of the regular season. The 28-year-old has only one offensive touch over the past three games and is unlikely to have a significant role Sunday, especially if Mark Ingram (knee), who's listed as questionable, is able to play.
Montgomery (back) was limited at practice again Thursday. Montgomery has now opened the week with consecutive limited showings at practice, though his participation does bode well for his ability to play Sunday considering he played through the injury last week. With teammate Mark Ingram (knee) unavailable for practice Thursday, the running back may be asked to play a larger role in the Saints' backfield in Week 18 if he's able to play.
Montgomery (back) was a limited participant at Wednesday's practice. The 28-year-old was able to play through the back injury in the Saints' Week 17 win over the Panthers, making his limited participation Wednesday less of a concern. Montgomery's status at practice the rest of week is worth monitoring, though his ability to play Sunday won't likely impact the Saints' offensive approach either way.
Montgomery (back) is active for Sunday's contest against the Panthers, John DeShazier of the Saints' official site reports. Montgomery didn't practice Thursday or Friday, but he will still be available for Week 17. Across 12 appearances this season, the hybrid wideout has totaled 15 catches for 94 yards and 14 rushes for 48 yards.
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