The Chicago Bears remain without a pair of key cogs at practice with running back David Montgomery and cornerback Jaylon Johnson still out with injuries.
Johnson hasn’t played since Week 2 against the Packers. A quad injury that popped up during the practice ramp-up ahead of the Bears’ Week 3 game against the Texans is now threatening to cause Johnson to miss a third consecutive game. Johnson didn’t play in the Texans game or a week later against the Giants. The Bears didn’t really miss him in either of those games since the Giants and Texans don’t have receivers or quarterbacks worth losing sleep over. However, Justin Jefferson is the type of wideout who gives opposing defenses nightmares (even when they’re healthy).
As for Montgomery, he went down with an injury during that win against the Texans. Head Coach Matt Eberflus called Montgomery “day-to-day” at the outset of the injury, but Chicago’s Week 1 starting RB hasn’t been at practice since. Khalil Herbert has been carrying the load in Montgomery’s absence, which is something he figures to be doing for the foreseeable future.
As for the rest of the injury report, here it is:
The most notable newcomer to the injury report is cornerback Jaylon Jones, who didn’t practice due to an illness. Jones played 54 percent of the defensive snaps in Week 3 and 38 percent a week later. He has also carved out a niche on special teams, appearing on at least 10 third-phase snaps in each of his four games as a pro. The rookie from Ole Miss has been getting some time as a nickel defender and in other multi-DB packages. We’ll monitor his status, as the Bears can ill-afford to lose any more cornerbacks.