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Bears' David Montgomery Day-to-Day with Ankle, Knee Injuries Suffered vs. Texans

Doric SamSeptember 25, 2022

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - OCTOBER 03:  David Montgomery #32 of the Chicago Bears celebrates after a play against the Detroit Lions in the first half at Soldier Field on October 03, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery is day-to-day after exiting Sunday's 23-20 victory over the Houston Texans because of ankle and knee injuries, head coach Matt Eberflus told reporters.

Montgomery had 11 rushing yards on three carries before leaving in the first quarter. He entered the day with 148 rushing yards, averaging 4.6 yards per carry.

The 25-year-old missed four games in 2021 after suffering a knee sprain when he had to be helped off the field in the fourth quarter of the Bears' Week 4 win over the Detroit Lions. At the time of his injury, Montgomery had the fifth-most rushing yards in the NFL. He finished the season with 225 carries for 849 yards and seven touchdowns.

Montgomery is in the final season of his four-year rookie deal. If the Bears don't give him an extension before the new league year begins in March 2023, he will become an unrestricted free agent.

Montgomery was a third-round pick out of Iowa State in the 2019 draft. He ran for 889 yards and six touchdowns as a rookie and followed up with 1,070 yards and eight scores in his second season.

Should Montgomery miss time, second-year running back Khalil Herbert would once again take the role of lead back. He ranked second on the team last season with 103 carries for 433 yards and two scores. Rookie quarterback Justin Fields will also likely remain active in Chicago's rushing attack after finishing with 420 rushing yards and two touchdowns in 2021.