Montgomery rushed 19 times for 58 yards while catching four passes for an additional 39 yards in the Bears' 23-16 win over the Panthers on Sunday.
Fantasy managers were likely disappointed that Montgomery barely cracked three yards per carry against the second-most generous fantasy defense to opposing running backs, and unfortunately, he was unable to find the end zone on consecutive goal-line carries before Nick Foles eventually scored on the next play. Since taking over a full-time role in the backfield, Montgomery is averaging fewer than three yards per carry, but he's posted at least 30 receiving yards in each of those contests, making him a top-24 running back based on weekly volume.
Montgomery rushed 10 times for 29 yards and a touchdown while adding seven catches for 30 yards in Chicago's 20-19 victory over the Buccaneers on Thursday.
Montgomery had very little room to run against a Buccaneers defense that's been among the stingiest in the league against opposing running backs, though he was able to pile up a number of short receptions while also scoring on a goal-line carry to give him a solid fantasy day. Since the team lost Tarik Cohen (knee) for the season, Montgomery has seen most of the backfield work, and he should continue to see enough volume to be a high-floor fantasy starter.
Montgomery rushed 10 times for 27 yards and caught three passes for 30 yards in the Bears' 19-11 loss to the Colts on Sunday.
Facing a swarming Indianapolis run defense, Montgomery rarely had any room to operate on the ground, and he failed to gain more than six yards on any of his rushing attempts. With the Bears trailing throughout, they were unable to run a balanced offense, keeping Montgomery from seeing a bigger workload. With at least 57 combined yards in each game this season, he'll continue to be a top-24 running back with a solid weekly floor.
Montgomery rushed 14 times for 45 yards and caught two passes for nine yards in the Bears' 30-26 victory over the Falcons on Sunday.
Montgomery was routinely stuffed over his first nine carries of the game, as he was averaging fewer than 1.5 yards on those attempts. He fortunately had a few productive runs while the Bears were in the process of making up a huge deficit, as he found more room to operate. He's carried the ball between 13 and 16 times in each game this season, giving him a solid weekly floor as a top-25 running back.
Montgomery rushed 16 times for 82 yards while catching all three of his targets for 45 yards and a touchdown in Chicago's 17-13 victory over the Giants on Sunday.
For the first time in his career, Montgomery exceeded five yards per rushing attempt, as he was frequently able to get into space and make defenders miss. In addition, he out-targeted backfield mate Tarik Cohen for the second week in a row, and it would appear that he's a player the coaching staff is preparing to lean on throughout the season. However, it should be noted that he's been productive against a pair of weak run defenses, though his current role in the offense provides optimism that he can be trusted as a top-24 running back option each week.
Montgomery (neck) returned to Sunday's game versus the Giants, Kevin Fishbain of The Athletic reports.
Montgomery landed on his head when he lept over a pile in the second quarter, but after being evaluated in the locker room, the second-year RB has returned to the game.
Montgomery sustained a neck injury during Sunday's game against the Giants, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports.
While attempting to leap over a pile on a first-down play early in the second quarter, Montgomery landed on his head, came off the field under his own power and visited the blue sideline tent. Deemed questionable to return, he'll yield running back reps to Tarik Cohen and Ryan Nall.
Montgomery rushed 13 times for 64 yards while catching one of three targets for an additional 10 yards in the Bears' 27-23 victory over Detroit.
After missing practice time over the last few weeks with a groin injury, Montgomery handled his typical role as the early-down runner, and he regularly posted positive yardage on his attempts against a Lions' defensive line that failed to get consistent penetration into the backfield. With the Bears trailing by over two touchdowns in the third quarter, however, Montgomery saw very few rushing attempts down the stretch because the team had to employ a pass-heavy attack. With very little competition for touches, he should continue to be a volume-based top-24 weekly fantasy option at running back.
Montgomery (groin) is active for Sunday's game in Detroit.
Montgomery looked in serious jeopardy of missing the season opener after straining his groin in an Aug. 26 workout, but the running back was able to clear up most of the concern about his availability by logging full practices Thursday and Friday. The second-year back still carried a questionable tag into the weekend, but now that he's been formally cleared, Montgomery is expected to handle a full workload Sunday. No. 2 back Tarik Cohen will also have a role in the Bears' game plan, with most of his reps coming as a change-of-pace option.
Montgomery (groin) is expected to be active and receive a full workload in Sunday's season opener against the Lions, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.
This anticipated outcome was foreshadowed by Montgomery's full participation in practice Friday. It's still worth confirming the running back's availability for Sunday's 1:00 ET kickoff, but in the absence of any setbacks, Montgomery is line to head the Bears' Week 1 backfield, with Tarik Cohen and Ryan Nall in reserve.
Montgomery (groin) was a full practice participant Friday but is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Detroit.
Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune notes that Montgomery likely would be listed as 'probable' if the NFL still used that designation. Montgomery closed out the week with back-to-back full practices after Wednesday's limited session, putting him on track for the starting role Sunday in Detroit. However, it's probably best to check back in once inactive lists come out Sunday morning, as it wasn't too long ago that Montgomery's Week 1 status was a major source of concern. The Bears' roster decisions provided one big hint, with Tarik Cohen and Ryan Nall being the only other running backs on the team (though Cordarrelle Patterson can take backfield snaps in a pinch).
Montgomery (groin) practiced fully Thursday, Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Montgomery kicked off Week 1 prep with a limited session, the result of a groin strain suffered Aug. 26. He touched on the limitations Thursday, telling Stacey Dales of NFL Network that he "didn't do much in practice yesterday. Wanna be safe." By getting in a full session, Montgomery is ready to lead the Bears backfield Sunday at Detroit, at least on early downs.
Montgomery (groin) was listed as a limited participant at Wednesday's practice.
Montgomery picked up a groin strain during an Aug. 26 practice, when he slipped on the field while taking a handoff from Mitchell Trubisky. His initial recovery timeline was 2-to-4 weeks, which conveniently coincided with the Bears' opener Sept. 13. While coach Matt Nagy told Jeff Dickerson of ESPN.com before Wednesday's session that Montgomery was "gonna have a hell of a stretch practice," the running back proceeded to add individual drills to the mix and received a "limited" tag on the injury report. According to Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune, Tarik Cohen said Wednesday that Montgomery "bounced back off that [injury] so fast" and looked like he normally does. Therefore, Montgomery may be trending toward active status for Sunday's game in Detroit.
Montgomery (groin) took part in stretching and individual drills at Wednesday's practice, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Montgomery is two weeks removed from the groin strain that was expected to require 2-to-4 weeks of recovery time. Considering what he was able to do Wednesday, he seems poised to receive a "limited" tag on the Bears' first Week 1 injury report, which will be revealed in the near future. If he's unable to make it all the way back for Sunday's game at Detroit, though, Montgomery will yield the backfield to some combination of pass-catching back Tarik Cohen, Ryan Nall and undrafted rookie Artavis Pierce.
Montgomery (groin) is expected to be out for 2-to-4 weeks, giving him a shot to be ready for Chicago's season opener against Detroit, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
With the opener two an a half weeks away, this timeline suggests Montgomery is more likely to miss the game than suit up. He suffered a groin strain Wednesday, slipping on the practice field while taking a hand-off from Mitchell Trubisky. Initial reports stirred up fear of a knee ligament injury, but it turned out to be something much less serious, albeit still a threat to Montgomery's Week 1 availability. The Bears don't have much depth in their backfield, with passing-down specialist Tarik Cohen joined by Ryan Nall and undrafted rookie Artavis Pierce. Nall was with the team last season, but he played only eight snaps on offense and 137 on special teams. The Bears likely will sign another runner by the end of the week.
Head coach Matt Nagy said that Montgomery, who suffered a groin strain Wednesday, will undergoing further testing as the Bears look to determine the severity of the injury, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Reports earlier in the day suggested that Montgomery was carted off the practice field with the injury, but Adam Jahns of The Athletic later provided more specificity on the matter, relaying that the running back "left the practice field under his own power, was evaluated and was then carted to Halas Hall." In any case, Montgomery's health remains a situation to monitor, even though his injury situation appears less serious than initially feared.
Initial tests suggest Montgomery suffered a groin strain during Wednesday's practice, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Montgomery went to the ground without contact and was then carted off the field, leading to immediate speculation regarding the possibility of a major knee injury. Fortunately, the second wave of reports is far more promising than the first, with Adam Schefter of ESPN also suggesting Montgomery avoided a knee injury, and adding that the Bears are optimistic as they await results from more tests. Montgomery seems to have escaped the worst-case scenario of a torn knee ligament, but that doesn't necessarily mean he won't miss some time.
Montgomery left Wednesday's practice early with "what looked like a significant (leg) injury," Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Per Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, Montgomery was carted off the field following a non-contact injury. The Bears will presumably send Montgomery in for further testing, after which a clearer diagnosis of his injury along with a potential timeline for his recovery will become available. Tarik Cohen should be in store for more reps with the first-team offense in the short term, but the Bears would more than likely add a veteran running back to the roster if Montgomery is forced to miss time.
Montgomery shed six pounds in the offseason and looks noticeably quicker on the practice field, Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Although Montgomery ran for just 3.7 yards per carry as a rookie, the offensive line frequently failed to open holes for him, and he often ran on obvious running downs against stacked boxes. Unless a line that wasn't addressed in the offseason takes a big step forward, it'll be difficult for Montgomery to show massive improvement. However, he's the unquestioned leader for early-down work, and his expected volume indicates he offers a stable floor for a player being drafted outside the top-24 running backs in average drafts.
Montgomery anticipates taking a big step forward this season, Colleen Kane of The Chicago Tribune reports.
Montgomery believes improved knowledge of Matt Nagy's playbook will help him perform better, and running backs coach Charles London says the second-year pro can make more of an impact in the passing game. It's basically the same stuff we hear with every young running back, but there is reason to think Montgomery will best last year's ugly mark of 3.7 YPC if the Chicago offense as a whole isn't so brutal. On the other hand, Tarik Cohen remains locked in for a significant pass-catching role out of the backfield, and even a decent-sized improvement would leave the Chicago offense closer to mediocre than good.
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