Just when we thought he was primed for a breakout season, Chicago Bears starting running back David Montgomery goes down with an injury. The injury occured in practice after Montgomery was taking a hand off from QB Mitch Trubisky and slipped and ended up suffering an injury to his leg. Initial reports had feared that Montgomery had suffered a knee injury or an achilles injury as this ended up being a non-contact injury, however Bears head coach Matt Nagy addressed the media after practice and said that Montgomery suffered a groin strain.
A groin strain is honestly the best case scenario here for the Bears as most non-contact injuries tend to be season ending. And so, if it is indeed a groin strain then Montgomery will probably be out a couple of weeks but should be able to return soon. However, this should signal the Bears that they cannot solely rely on Montgomery and will need to sign a capable backup running back. Devonta Freeman is still on the free agent market and is the best free agent running back available. Other than Freeman, there are very few enticing options.
The Bears could also look to go to the route of trading for a running back. A guy like Royce Freeman on the Denver Broncos would make sense, since he is stuck behind Melvin Gordon and Phillip Lindsay on the depth chart. Either way, the Bears cannot depend solely on guys like Tarik Cohen or Ryan Nall to replace Montgomery while is recovering from the injury. They need to have adequate reinforcements in the meantime, no matter how long he is out. And time is running out quickly as the season begins in a few weeks. I discuss Montgomery’s full injury situation in the video above.
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