Bears center Will Montgomery suffered a fractured left tibia in Sunday's win over the Raiders and has been placed on season-ending injured reserve, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Montgomery, who signed a one-year contract with the Bears this offseason due in large part with his familiarity with coach John Fox and offensive coordinator Adam Gase from his days in Denver, started the first four games at center for the Bears.
The team is expected to replace him in the lineup with rookie Hroniss Grasu, who has been inactive for all four games, or move left guard Matt Slauson over to center.
The Bears announced Thursday they released longtime center Roberto Garza. The team also announced they signed center Will Montgomery to a one-year contract.
Garza, who was a fourth-round pick of the Falcons in 2001, has been with the Bears since 2005. He has appeared in 206 games in his 14-year career and has started 176 times. He has only missed six starts the last nine seasons, including four in 2014 due to an ankle injury.
The Bears will be Montgomery's fifth team since being selected in the seventh round in 2006 by the Panthers. He has also played for the Jets, Redskins and Broncos, where he played in 2014 under new Bears coach John Fox. Montgomery has appeared in 106 games (71 starts).
The Broncos will head into their divisional round playoff matchup with the Colts relatively healthy. Defensive tackle Mitch Unrein (knee) and linebacker Brandon Marshall (foot) are considered questionable. Quanterus Smith has been declared out with a knee injury.
David Bruton (concussion/neck), Paul Cornick (toe), Orlando Franklin (concussion), Peyton Manning (thigh), Will Montgomery (knee), Aqib Talib (Achilles), Julius Thomas (ankle), Demaryius Thomas (ankle/finger), Juwan Thompson (hip/knee), T.J. Ward (neck), and Kayvon Webster (shoulder) are all considered probable for Sunday's game.
The Broncos are currently 7-point favorites against the Colts.
The Broncos will have both Peyton Manning and Emmanuel Sanders Week 17 against the Raiders.
Manning came into the contest listed as probable due to a thigh injury. He was never really expected to miss the contest. Sanders was listed as questionable with a hip issue. He was a limited participant in practice all week.
The team will also have nearly all of their probable players. That means C.J. Anderson, Lamin Barrow, David Bruton Jr., Ryan Clady, Chris Clark, Ronnie Hillman, Will Montgomery, Manny Ramirez, Jacob Tamme, Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas, Kayvon Webster and Derek Wolfe will all attempt to play.
The Broncos have ruled out linebacker Brandon Marshall (foot) for Sunday's regular season finale against Oakland. Defensive back T.J. Ward (neck), tackle Paul Cornick (toe) and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (hip) were deemed questionable, while 16 players were deemed probable.
Those included running back C.J. Anderson (ankle), linebacker Lamin Barrows (illness), safety David Bruton Jr. (calf), tackle Ryan Clady (thigh), tackle Chris Clark (back), running back Ronnie Hillman (foot), Peyton Manning (thigh), center Will Montgomery (knee), center Manny Ramirez (illness), tight end Jacob Tamme (foot), wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (ankle, hip), tight end Julius Thomas (ankle), running back Juwan Thompson (hip, knee), defensive tackle Mitch Unrein (illness), cornerback Kayvon Webster (shoulder) and defensive end Derek Wolfe (knee).
Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning will have his blindside protector Monday night in Cincinnati, as left tackle Ryan Clady is active. Clady had been questionable with a thigh injury.
Also suiting up for Denver are right tackle Chris Clark (back), wideout Cody Latimer (concussion), center Will Montgomery (knee), tight end Jacob Tamme (ribs) and cornerback Kayvon Webster (shoulder).
The Broncos released their final injury for the Week 16 game against the Bengals and listed C.J. Anderson, Chris Clark, Cody Latimer, Will Montgomery, Jacob Tamme, Demaryius Thomas and Julius Thomas as probable.
The following players are listed as questionable: Ryan Clady (thigh), Ronnie Hillman (foot), Peyton Manning (thigh), Emmanuel Sanders (illness), Juwan Thompson (hip/knee) and Kayvon Webster (shoulder).
Linebacker Brandon Marshall (foot) and offensive tackle Paul Cornick (toe) were ruled out of the game.
Broncos running back Montee Ball will miss his third straight game with a groin injury. Also out are tackle Paul Cornick and wide receiver Cody Latimer.
The following players are questionable: Jacob Tamme, Ronnie Hillman, and Kayvon Webster.
Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker, Malik Jackson, Juwan Thompson, Will Montgomery and Quanterus Smith are all considered probable.
Broncos wideout Demaryius Thomas (ankle) and running back C.J. Anderson (ankle) are active for the game against Buffalo after being listed as probable.
Also suiting up for Denver are offensive tackle Paul Cornick (shoulder), defensive tackle Terrance Knighton (elbow), linebacker Lerentee McCray (illness), center Will Montgomery (knee), defensive end Quanterus Smith (ribs), cornerback Aqib Talib (hamstring), tight end Jacob Tamme (ribs) and running back Juwan Thompson (knee).
The Broncos unveiled a lengthy injury report for Week 14 against Buffalo. Eight of the 17 players on the list received the green light and were deemed probable for Sunday. Those players were: Running back C.J. Anderson (ankle), tackle Paul Cornick (shoulder), linebacker Lerentee McCray (illness), center Will Montgomery (knee), cornerback Aqib Talib (hamstring), wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (ankle), running back Juwan Thompson (knee) and wide receiver Wes Welker (rest)
Safety Quinton Carter (knee), defensive tackle Terrance Knighton (elbow), defensive end Quanterus Smith (ribs), tight end Jacob Tamme (ribs) and tight end Julius Thomas (ankle). Meanwhile, running back Montee Ball (groin), running back Ronnie Hillman (foot), wide receiver Cody Latimer (concussion) and cornerback Kayvon Webster (shoulder) were ruled out for Sunday.
The Broncos agreed to a one-year deal with offensive lineman Will Montgomery Tuesday, the team announced. Montgomery started each game of the last three seasons for the Redskins, primarily at center.
Center Will Montgomery, released by the Redskins last week, will visit the Broncos early this week, reports the Denver Post. Montgomery, 31, started every game the past three seasons for Washington and could start for Denver in 2014.
The Redskins have released center Will Montgomery according to 106.7 The Fan in Washington D.C. A nine-year veteran, Montgomery has started every game for the Redskins over the last three seasons.
Redskins center Will Montgomery is active for the Week 7 game at home against Chicago. Montgomery was listed on the injury report due to a knee injury, but was considered probable and never expected to miss the game.
Washington LB Brandon Jenkins, OL Will Montgomery, CB Jerome Murphy, DT Chris Neild and TE Logan Paulsen are listed as probable against the Bears.
Neild was limited in practice Wednesday, but was able to participate in full Thursday and Friday. None of the other players were limited throughout the week.