Just when you thought the football ghosts responsible for keeping balance in the universe would give the Bears a break starting with the news of Justin Fields’ return, the other shoe falls.
Four Chicago Bears players did not practice due to injuries. Another six were practicing with limitations. But one name stood out from the others — David Montgomery.
Montgomery is the team’s leading rusher and arguably best/most consistent offensive contributor. In his most recent game, Montgomery gained 90 rushing yards on 21 carries. He even added eight catches and 51 receiving yards out of the backfield, to boot. But Montgomery was in on just 70 percent of the Bears’ offensive snaps in the team’s loss to the Cardinals. That is his lowest snap share since the Bears’ Week 4 win against the Lions. Montgomery was in on 60 percent of the snaps in that contest. If you’ll recall, that is the game in which Montgomery went down with a knee injury that sent him to IR and put him out of action for four games.
But more than that, Montgomery is an emotional leader. His recent rally-the-troops speech was the best thing to come out of the Bears’ loss to the Cardinals. It’s early in the practice week, and things could change between now and when the inactive players list is turned in on Sunday evening. However, I hate that I’m already thinking about the Bears being without their star rusher.
As for the rest of Wednesday’s injury report:
— Chicago Bears (@BearsPR) December 8, 2021
Montgomery wasn’t alone in being out of practice because of an injury. As expected, QB2 Andy Dalton was unavailable because of a non-throwing hand injury. Also joining the not-practicing party were pass-rushing edge defender Trevis Gipson (illness), kicker Cairo Santos (illness), and tight end Jimmy Graham (resting). There were also six players who were practicing with limitations. Headlining that group was Akiem Hicks, who practiced in some capacity for the first time since returning from the bye. Allen Robinson II, who had only been practicing with limitations during Friday walkthroughs since the bye, saw his first Wednesday participation since the bye, too.
At the end of the day, Justin Fields being a full participant is the best news we’ll get today. So, let’s end on a high note while we can…