The Chicago Bears’ recent run of relatively clean injury reports came to an end on Wednesday. And while Danny Trevathan’s elbow injury figured to keep him out for a while, two new names showed up on the week’s first injury report are a bit of a cause for concern.
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Rookie running back David Montgomery was listed as a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice because of an ankle injury. Montgomery is one of (if not, the) last player anyone wanted to see on the Bears’ injury report ahead of this huge game on Sunday.
The Iowa State product has been running well in recent weeks (averaging 19 carries and 4.1 yards per attempt over the last three games), as Chicago finally began making him the focal point of their offensive attack. It’s a small sample, sure, but extrapolating those numbers over 16 games would add up to a 309-carry and 1,253-yard season. Tack on the three times Montgomery has found paydirt as a rusher, and we’re talking about a 16 touchdown year. All of which is to say that Montgomery is a key cog in this offense and being without him for Sunday’s game against the Rams would be a drag.
Tight end Trey Burton showed up on the injury report as a non-participant in Wednesday’s practice because of a calf issue. Bears Head Coach Matt Nagy made a reference to Burton being limited at the end of last Sunday’s win against the Lions because of a calf injury during this press conference. That the problem is bad enough to keep him out of practice is discouraging, especially since Burton has said he hasn’t been at 100 percent this season. Perhaps Ben Braunecker’s touchdown reception in Week 10 will lead to his emergence in the offense if Burton misses time. Or at minimum, it would be neat to see him get in on some more offensive snaps.
We will continue to monitor the injury report as the week rolls on. Because even though the Rams are nicked up going into the Sunday Night Football prime-time showdown, it’s not as if the Bears can afford a wave of injuries of their own.