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David Montgomery ruled out for Week 4 vs. Giants

We break down the news that David Montgomery has knee, ankle injuries. What it means for Week 4 and beyond.

David Montgomery #32 of the Chicago Bears runs the ball during the second half in the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on September 18, 2022 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images

Friday update: Montgomery was unable to practice this week and is listed as out on the injury report. Fire up Khalil Herbert in your fantasy football lineups if you have him.

Thursday update: Montgomery was absent from practice again on Thursday, so that’s a second straight day. At this point, it’s not looking good for his prospects of playing against the Giants on Sunday afternoon. It could mean Herbert gets the backfield all to himself.

Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery is dealing with ankle and knee issues and was unable to practice on Wednesday, per Adam Jahns. Earlier, head coach Matt Eberflus labeled Montgomery as “day-to-day,” which doesn’t tell us much, but should mean he at least has a chance to play this week against the Giants.

The Bears likely won’t rush him back though, as his backup, Khalil Herbert, has played extremely will this season and went for 157 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries in his place last week against the Texans.

Fantasy football implications

The Bears offense has been mostly ground based, as QB Justin Fields is on pace to throw the fewest passes since the invention of the forward pass. Fields ability to run also helps the running backs find a little extra room, so don’t expect the Bears to turn into a pass first team anytime soon.

Trestan Ebner is the backup to the backup and would see a few carries if Montgomery can’t go, but it would be the Herbert show for the most part.