Montgomery rushed 20 times for 72 yards in the Bears' 31-17 Week 18 loss to the Vikings, and he ended the season with 225 carries for 849 yards and seven touchdowns in addition to 42 receptions for 301 yards.
Analysis: After posting a career high 4.3 yards per carry in 2020, Montgomery fell below four yards per carry as he did in his rookie season back in 2019. Regardless, he averaged 20 touches per game, and he has an excellent chance at retaining lead-back duties in 2022, though Khalil Herbert may be able to eat into a portion of his work. Based on his career production, he'll likely be projected as a top-18 running back in 2022 fantasy drafts. Montgomery will enter the last year of his rookie deal before becoming an unrestricted free agent in 2023.
Jan 9, 2022 1:07 PM EST
Montgomery rushed 22 times for 64 yards and two touchdowns while adding two receptions for 17 yards in the Bears' 29-3 win over the Giants on Sunday.
Analysis: In a game the Bears controlled throughout, Montgomery was used to control the clock on the ground, though he was unable to break a run longer than 10 yards on the day. However, he took advantage of his opportunities at the goal line by scoring a pair of touchdowns. After posting at least 80 combined yards in each of his last five games, he remain a high-floor fantasy option in the season finale at Minnesota in Week 18.
Jan 2, 2022 1:17 PM EST
Montgomery rushed 21 times for 45 yards and a touchdown and caught seven passes for 61 yards in the Bears' 25-24 win over the Seahawks on Sunday.
Analysis: With Seattle loading up to stop the run, Montgomery found very little room to operate, but in leading the team in rushing attempts and targets, his volume allowed him to surpass 100 yards from scrimmage. He could've had a bigger day, but on one drive, he was unable to turn a rushing attempt and target from near the goal line into an additional score. He'll have an excellent matchup against the Giants next week in which he should be a top-15 option at running back.
Dec 26, 2021 4:08 PM EST
Montgomery rushed 18 times for 60 yards and caught five passes for 23 yards in the Bears' 17-9 loss to the Vikings on Monday.
Analysis: Montgomery had a number of successful runs up the middle early in the game, but with the Bears going with a run-heavy approach, the Vikings began to place the focus of the defense on him, resulting in a number of runs for no gain or lost yardage. With Chicago largely unable to move the ball consistently, Montgomery had no chances to carry the ball near the end zone. Although he'll have a couple tough upcoming matchups against the Seahawks and Giants, his volume as both a runner and receiver ensures he'll be a strong option in the fantasy playoffs.
Dec 20, 2021 8:26 PM EST
Montgomery (illness) was a full participant in Friday's practice.
Analysis: Montgomery was one of eight Bears who didn't take part in Thursday's walk-through session on account of illnesses. All but one of those players returned to the field Friday as full participants, temporarily alleviating some concern about a team-wide COVID-19 breakout. With that in mind, Montgomery looks poised to handle his usual three-down role Monday against the Vikings.
Dec 17, 2021 2:32 PM EST
Montgomery didn't take part in Thursday's walkthrough due to an illness.
Analysis: On the same day in which Chicago placed five players, including top wide receiver Allen Robinson (undisclosed), on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Montgomery was among eight Bears who were non-participants due to illness. Montgomery will have two more chances to mix into drills during Week 15 prep before the team potentially tags him with a designation for Monday's game against the Vikings.
Dec 16, 2021 1:42 PM EST
Montgomery (shoulder/groin/glute) rushed 10 times for 42 yards and had six receptions (seven targets) for 39 yards in Sunday's 45-30 loss to Green Bay.
Analysis: Montgomery left his dominant performance last week (141 total yards and a touchdown) with some battle scars, but he still produced well despite an unfavorable game script in the second half. When healthy, the 24-year-old is the Bears' most-consistent offensive weapon, but Chicago's inability to produce leads puts a cap on what the running back can do in certain matchups. Montgomery has a favorable matchup against the Vikings next Monday (19.1 fantasy points allowed to opposing RBs this season) if the Bears can keep the score close.
Dec 12, 2021 10:45 PM EST
Montgomery (shoulder/groin/glute) has been removed from the injury report and will play in Sunday's game against the Packers.
Analysis: It's no surprise he's nicked up after taking 29 touches for 142 yards and a TD in the loss to Arizona on Sunday but Montgomery closed out the week with a full practice and thus figures to be ready for another large workload this Sunday with the Bears desperately hanging on at the bottom of the NFC wild-card race. That said, Montgomery is unlikely to approach last week's total of nine targets with Justin Fields sliding back in for Andy Dalton (doubtful/wrist) under center.
Dec 10, 2021 11:34 AM EST
Montgomery (shoulder/groin/glute) was a limited practice participant Thursday.
Analysis: Montgomery's absence Wednesday may have been maintenance-related due to the array of health concerns he's dealing with at the moment. On a positive note, he got back on the practice field Thursday and now has one more chance to prove his health ahead of Sunday's game at Green Bay. Whether or not Montgomery enters the weekend with a designation will be revealed on Friday's injury report.
Dec 9, 2021 2:49 PM EST
Montgomery didn't practice Wednesday due to shoulder, groin and glute injuries.
Analysis: Since missing four games earlier this season due to a knee sprain, Montgomery has been injury-free for exactly one month but now is dealing with a trio of health concerns. As a result, his listing bears watching on the Bears' final two practice reports of Week 14 prep to see if he may be trending toward another absence. While suiting up in each of the past four contests, he's averaged 19.8 touches for 90.5 yards from scrimmage per game while scoring one rushing TD.
Dec 8, 2021 2:12 PM EST
Montgomery rushed 21 times for 91 yards and a touchdown while posting eight receptions for 51 yards in the Bears' 33-22 loss to the Cardinals on Sunday.
Analysis: With the Arizona pass rush giving Andy Dalton very little time to throw, Montgomery led the Bears with nine targets, and he was effective as both a runner and receiver in a tough matchup. After failing to surpass 80 total yards while not scoring over his last three games, he recorded his highest yardage total of the season, and his weekly volume ensures he'll be a top-20 running back the rest of the way.
Dec 5, 2021 1:18 PM EST
Montgomery carried the ball 17 times for 46 yards and caught all three of his targets for 28 yards in a 16-14 win over the Lions on Thanksgiving.
Analysis: The performance was a far cry from his 106-yard, two-TD effort when the NFC North rivals met back in Week 4, but Montgomery still led the Bears in rushing. He's gone three games without finding the end zone since returning to the lineup from a knee injury, a slump he'll look to snap in Week 13 against the Cardinals.
Nov 25, 2021 1:51 PM EST
Montgomery rushed 14 times for 58 yards and caught his only target for nine yards in the Bears' 16-13 loss to the Ravens on Sunday.
Analysis: Montgomery had most of his production in the first half, but despite playing in a close game throughout, the Bears chose to go with a pass-heavy approach that kept his volume in check. Regardless, he handled 15 of the 16 touches by the Chicago running backs, and he should continue to retain one of the highest snap shares by a running back in the league, and he'll likely continue to function as a very high-floor fantasy option each week.
Nov 21, 2021 1:22 PM EST
Montgomery rushed 13 times for 63 yards and caught both of his targets for 17 yards in Monday night's 29-27 loss to the Steelers.
Analysis: Montgomery returned from a four-game absence to lead Chicago's backfield with some tough running. The tailback ripped off a game-long rush of 21 yards and also sprinkled in a couple receptions, totaling a respectable 15 touches for 80 yards on the night. Meanwhile, with Montgomery returning, rookie Khalil Herbert managed just four rushes for 13 yards, including just one second-half carry. With the Bears now entering their bye week, Montgomery should be fresh when he next takes the field in Week 11 versus the Ravens.
Nov 8, 2021 8:56 PM EST
The Bears reinstated Montgomery (knee) from injured reserve ahead of Monday's game in Pittsburgh, Larry Mayer of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: After missing four straight games due to the knee sprain he sustained Oct. 3, Montgomery was designated to return from IR on Thursday and turned in a strong week of practice, according to head coach Matt Nagy. Though Nagy didn't go into specifics regarding what Montgomery's workload will look like in his first game in more than a month, the 24-year-old is expected to displace Khalil Herbert as the Bears' lead back and see the bulk of the team's carries Monday, per Adam Hoge of NBC Sports Chicago. Montgomery totaled 358 yards from scrimmage and three touchdowns through Chicago's first four games of the season.
Nov 8, 2021 1:25 PM EST
The Bears are expected to activate Montgomery (knee) from IR in time for him to suit up versus the Steelers on Monday Night Football, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Montgomery hasn't played since Week 4 due to a knee sprain, but he appears to be trending toward a return to the field Week 9. The Bears have not yet, however, made such a transaction official. Rookie Khalil Herbert impressed as Chicago's lead back while Montgomery was sidelined, so it's possible that he remains a notable factor even if the the Week 1 starter does return to action. However, Damien Williams (knee) has already been ruled out.
Nov 8, 2021 9:03 AM EST
Bears coach Matt Nagy said "there's a really good chance" Montgomery (knee), who is currently designated to return from injured reserve, will play in Monday's contest against the Steelers, Adam Hoge of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
Analysis: This is going to be a difficult situation for fantasy managers considering the Bears don't need to activate Montgomery off injured reserve until later in the afternoon Sunday. It's a bit surprising the star running back is even considered possibly available for Monday's contest given the Bears will have their bye take place in Week 10, theoretically giving the 24-year-old an ample amount of time to recovery from his scary Week 4 knee injury, but this does fit nicely with the reported four-week recovery timeline. It's also worth noting primary backup Damien Williams (knee) has already been ruled out ahead of Monday's contest. Regardless of whether or not Montgomery plays, expect rookie Khalil Herbert to be a factor at least somewhat given his impressive figures as Montgomery's fill-in (388 total yards across four games).
Nov 6, 2021 11:37 AM EST
Bears head coach Matt Nagy confirmed Thursday that Montgomery (knee) has been designated to return from injured reserve, Kevin Fishbain of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: The move clears Montgomery to return to practice and gives the Bears a 21-day window in which they can either add him to back to the 53-man roster or keep him on injured reserve for the remainder of the season. Since Montgomery hasn't been on the field since suffering an MCL sprain of his left knee Oct. 3, he could be a limited participant in his return to practice. The Bears will track his progress in practice over the next three days before determining whether he'll be ready to go for Monday's game in Pittsburgh, but if Montgomery remains on IR for another week, Khalil Herbert and Damien Williams (knee) -- if healthy -- will share backfield duties for Chicago.
Nov 4, 2021 10:02 AM EST
Montgomery (knee) has been placed on IR by the Bears.
Analysis: Following Montgomery's Week 4 knee injury, reports suggested that a multi-week absence was likely and his placement on IR ensures that the running back will miss at least three games. In his absence, Damien Williams is poised to head Chicago's backfield for the time being, with rookie sixth-rounder Khalil Herbert also a candidate to see his role grow in the coming weeks, while Ryan Nall is on hand for Sunday's game against the Raiders after being elevated from the team's practice squad.
Oct 9, 2021 11:16 AM EST
Coach Matt Nagy said Montgomery will "miss some time" with a knee sprain, Larry Mayer of the Bears' official site reports.
Analysis: Nagy didn't get into timeline specifics, but ESPN's Dan Graziano reported Tuesday that Montgomery likely would miss four or five weeks. With Nagy confirming that his starting running back will miss time, the Bears have Damien Williams (thigh bruise) and Khalil Herbert as backfield options on the active roster for Week 5 at Las Vegas. They also have Artavis Pierce and Ryan Nall on the practice squad, while Tarik Cohen (knee) is on the PUP list through at least Week 6.
Oct 6, 2021 10:19 AM EST
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