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David Montgomery doubtful ahead of Week 3 vs. Falcons

We break down the news that Montgomery is listed as doubtful and what it means for Week 3.

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Sept 22, AM update — Montgomery is officially doubtful to play against the Falcons. This will help Jahmyr Gibbs see more work while Craig Reynolds should fill in for Montgomery in-between the tackles.

Sept 22, AM update — Montgomery is working on the side of Friday’s team practice. Head coach Dan Campbell says he is “improving.” It still isn’t likely that Monty is active this weekend against the Falcons, but we will know more when the final injury report comes out later on Friday.

Sept 21, update — Montgomery once again missed practice on Thursday, putting his availability for Sunday’s game in further doubt.

Sept 20, update — Montgomery didn’t practice on Wednesday as expected. There has been no true time table given for his quad bruise, but he is iffy to play this week against the Falcons. Craig Reynolds and Jahmyr Gibbs would get the work at running back.

Detroit Lions running back David Montgomery is considered day-to-day after sustaining a thigh injury in the Lions’ Week 2 game against the Seahawks, per head coach Dan Campbell. Before the injury, Montgomery had 67 rushing yards and a touchdown. He did not return to the field after the injury.

Montgomery stated to the press that it could be “a couple weeks” before he was fully recovered.

Fantasy football implications for Week 3

If Montgomery is out or limited, it will be rookie Jahmyr Gibbs’ time to shine. The Lions’ 2023 first round pick should see the majority of snaps and carries against the Falcons. Craig Reynolds will also come in — in Week 2, Reynolds had three carries and one reception after Montgomery went out, and could see more action in Week 3. Gibbs had seven carries and nine targets, and will be a good option as a starter on any roster this week — particularly in PPR leagues.