Bears running back David Montgomery was poised to improve during his sophomore season. He trained heavily this offseason with an eye on becoming more explosive, something that would help him surpass the 889 yards he rushed for as a rookie in 2019.
All of that could be in jeopardy, as Montgomery went down with a leg injury during Wednesday’s practice. Brad Biggs of The Chicago Tribune provides some details:
In a noncontact drill, running backs were taking handoffs from quarterbacks, making one cut and heading upfield. Montgomery took a handoff from Mitch Trubisky, went left and when he cut to head upfield he went down, appearing to favor his left leg as he limped off the field. Montgomery was taken by cart back to the building.
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Bears Lack Running Back Depth
Chicago has Tarik Cohen, though he isn’t built to carry a full workload. Wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson has been lining up in the backfield, something he did in New England, though how many rushes can the team reasonably expect him to take?
If Montgomery’s injury is serious, then the team will have to bring in another back.
The Bears’ best option? Devonta Freeman. The former Falcon is a free agent after the franchise decided to move on from the six-year veteran. He rushed for 3,972 yards and scored 32 touchdowns in his career.
Another option is former Notre Dame star C.J. Prosise, who went through tryouts with the team earlier in training camp, though Chicago opted not to sign him. Former Seahawk Christine Michael is available after a short stint in the XFL.
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