Update August 27: Montgomery has a timetable of 2-4 weeks, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. That timetable gives him a chance to return Week 1 against the Lions, but also could have him miss the game. The Bears have yet to add another back to their running back room, but with a lack of depth, they likely will bring in some camp bodies at the least.
Update: Montgomery does have a groin strain according to Matt Nagy, per The Athletic’s Kevin Fishbain. Below you can see the injury for yourself. Montgomery is in obvious pain, but we still wait for news on the severity of the injury.
Chicago Bears starting running back David Montgomery hobbled off the practice field on Wednesday after slipping before taking a handoff, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The injury was of the non-contact variety, which always raises alarms, but there is a chance he avoided a season-ending injury, as initial reports point toward a groin strain, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.
#Bears RB David Montgomery left practice today with what is believed to be a groin strain, per source. Optimism that he avoided a serious injury. Evaluation ongoing.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) August 26, 2020
Montgomery is the uncontested lead back for the Bears despite a lackluster rookie season. The Bears don’t have much depth behind him, as Tarik Cohen is more suited as a receiving back. Wide receiver and kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson has been practicing with the running backs and would get some extra run if Montgomery misses much time, but, in that case, the team will likely look to free agency for depth.