Bears running back David Montgomery left Sunday’s loss to the Titans to be evaluated for a concussion. Because, of course, having their stud lead rushing option in concussion protocol was exactly what the Bears needed to start the week.
Montgomery gained 30 yards on 14 carries and tacked on three catches for 12 yards before leaving the game on Sunday. And while that’s obviously not a very impressive amount of production, it’s impossible to fault him, because, you know … **gestures everywhere**. Moreover, that performance isn’t indicative of how important he is to the Bears’ offense. Montgomery is an every-down work-horse back who played on 71.1 percent of the team’s total offensive snaps through eight weeks. Only Allen Robinson (85.1%) played a higher percentage of snaps among skill position players. To be brief, I don’t want to envision how much clunkier a game plan can be without Montgomery.
Fortunately, it’s still quite early in the week. Plus, the Bears don’t play until next Monday, so Montgomery’s status might be uncertain for a while, but he also has time to recover. Of course, head injuries — and in this specific case, concussions — don’t have a specific timetable for a return, so I imagine the Bears will proceed with extreme caution (as they should).
In the meantime, Ryan Nall, Cordarrelle Patterson, and Artavis Pierce are the only active running backs on the roster. Meanwhile, Lamar Miller lurks on the practice squad, where he has been for 35 days since signing.