David Montgomery is cut from a different cloth.
Just two weeks after suffering knee and ankle injuries that took him out of the Bears’ Week 3 win against the Texans, Montgomery is expected to be back in the lineup TODAY. This is wonderful news for the Bears:
Pain? What is pain?
Montgomery’s return is a welcome sight for the Bears. Assuming Montgomery doesn’t have any pre-game setbacks, Chicago can deploy its two-headed rushing attack with its two best ball-carriers. It might not seem like much, but the margin for error is so thin for the Bears that they need all hands on deck. Even if those hands belong to a player coming off what looked to be a gnarly injury at the time.
One area the Bears will be better with Montgomery in the lineup is in pass-protection. No, he won’t be starting on that offensive line. But Montgomery’s pass protection skills are among the best in football. Every little bit helps in keeping quarterbacks Justin Fields clean:
Some players are built different. And Montgomery is one of those guys. Because for the third time in as many years, Montgomery is returning early from an injury that was initially believed to put Montgomery on the shelf for an extended stretch. In 2020, it was a groin injury that took him down in training camp but couldn’t keep him out of Week 1. In 2021, there was a knee issue that kept him out only a few weeks. And a year later, we have this situation stemming from Week 3. It is truly remarkable. Whether it’s medicine, sports science, human will, or one man’s ability to shake it off unlike anyone else, my hat goes off to Monty for getting back into the action.