Ty Montgomery Illness: Updates on Packers WR's Status and Return

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GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 11:  Ty Montgomery #88 of the Green Bay Packers runs the football back 31 yards for a touchdown against the St. Louis Rams in the first quarter at Lambeau Field on October 11, 2015 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Green Bay Packers wide receiver and fill-in running back Ty Montgomery has been battling a kidney ailment related to his sickle cell trait. He missed the Packers' Week 8 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, but he is ready to return. 

Continue for updates.


Montgomery Active vs. Colts 

Sunday, Nov. 6

The Packers announced that Montgomery is available in Week 9 against the Indianapolis Colts.


Latest on Montgomery's Practice Status

Friday, Nov. 4

The Packers announced Montgomery was limited at Friday's practice.


Montgomery Comments on Illness, Potential Return

Monday, Oct. 31

ESPN.com's Rob Demovsky noted: "Montgomery said the symptoms that kept him out were related to sickle cell trait. He said doctors told him it isn't career-threatening and he even hopes to play this week against the Colts." 

Montgomery's agent, Damarius Bilbo, later added more detail to his client's illness in a statement to Josina Anderson of ESPN, which reads in part:

After that matchup, Ty discovered the presence of blood in his urine. The doctors informed me that this symptom could be connected to his kidney being impacted. While already traveling to Dallas, Texas to visit family, he went to a local hospital to be evaluated. Ty spent 16 hours under observation between late Friday night and Saturday. Although not proven, there could be a link between his physical activity in the contest against the Bears, the impact on his kidney, and his disorder. 

Anderson and Ed Werder reported on Oct. 30 that Montgomery has a "kidney-related ailment" and is "doing better," adding he did not play in Week 8 against the Falcons as a precaution. 


Packers Struggling to Keep Playmakers Healthy

It's a frustrating turn of events for the second-year man, who saw his rookie season cut short by 10 games due to an ankle injury that required surgery.  

The versatile receiver showed plenty of promise in his six games in 2015, recording 15 receptions for 136 yards and two touchdowns while averaging 31.1 yards per kick return.

Thanks to his speed and agility, Montgomery found his best success as a receiver in the slot.

However, Montgomery became a sensation at running back for the Packers in Week 7 against the Chicago Bears, filling in for the injured Eddie Lacy and James Starks. He accumulated 60 yards on nine carries while adding 10 receptions for 66 yards, so Packers fans were looking forward to seeing him build upon that momentum.

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