Montgomery rushed 15 times for 44 yards while catching 16 of 26 targets for 95 yards over 14 games in 2021.
Analysis: Even when Michael Thomas (ankle) and Tre'Quan Smith missed time at wide receiver or when Alvin Kamara skipped four games at running back, Montgomery rarely handled a significant offensive role. The lone exception was a Week 12 matchup with Buffalo when the 29-year-old rushed six times for 14 yards while catching five of seven targets for 31 yards. Montgomery will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the league year and it's uncertain whether New Orleans will bring him back for another year.
Jan 17, 2022 3:00 PM EST
Montgomery (back) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Falcons.
Analysis: Montgomery played through the back issue last week against the Panthers and will do so again in the final game of the regular season. The 28-year-old has only one offensive touch over the past three games and is unlikely to have a significant role Sunday, especially if Mark Ingram (knee), who's listed as questionable, is able to play.
Jan 7, 2022 1:38 PM EST
Montgomery (back) was limited at practice again Thursday.
Analysis: Montgomery has now opened the week with consecutive limited showings at practice, though his participation does bode well for his ability to play Sunday considering he played through the injury last week. With teammate Mark Ingram (knee) unavailable for practice Thursday, the running back may be asked to play a larger role in the Saints' backfield in Week 18 if he's able to play.
Jan 6, 2022 2:48 PM EST
Montgomery (back) was a limited participant at Wednesday's practice.
Analysis: The 28-year-old was able to play through the back injury in the Saints' Week 17 win over the Panthers, making his limited participation Wednesday less of a concern. Montgomery's status at practice the rest of week is worth monitoring, though his ability to play Sunday won't likely impact the Saints' offensive approach either way.
Jan 5, 2022 3:54 PM EST
Montgomery (back) is active for Sunday's contest against the Panthers, John DeShazier of the Saints' official site reports.
Analysis: Montgomery didn't practice Thursday or Friday, but he will still be available for Week 17. Across 12 appearances this season, the hybrid wideout has totaled 15 catches for 94 yards and 14 rushes for 48 yards.
Jan 2, 2022 12:22 PM EST
Montgomery (back) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Panthers, Katherine Terrell of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Montgomery fully participated in Wednesday's practice session but was held out Thursday and Friday due to a back injury. If he's unavailable against Carolina, Kenny Stills could see an uptick in playing time.
Dec 31, 2021 1:43 PM EST
Montgomery didn't participate in Thursday's practice session due to an ankle injury.
Analysis: Montgomery wasn't listed on the injury report for Wednesday's practice, but he was unable to take the field Thursday. If he hopes to play Sunday against the Panthers, he'll likely need to practice in some capacity Friday.
Dec 30, 2021 2:42 PM EST
Montgomery was targeted twice but did not catch a pass during Sunday's 9-0 win over Tampa Bay.
Analysis: Montgomery was back in the lineup after missing Week 14 due to COVID-19, but he didn't see an increased role despite the absence of Deonte Harris (suspension). Instead, Marquez Callaway and Tre'Quan Smith hogged playing time at wide receiver while Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram led the way at running back. Montgomery hasn't been a fantasy option all season and there are no signs of that changing in Week 16 against Miami.
Dec 20, 2021 5:09 PM EST
The Saints activated Montgomery (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.
Analysis: Montgomery tested positive for the virus last Thursday, causing him to miss this past Sunday's win at the Jets. The Saints thus will get back another healthy body behind top running back Alvin Kamara, a group that includes Montgomery, Tony Jones, Dwayne Washington and Adam Prentice. Meanwhile, Mark Ingram (illness) remains on the reserve/COVID-19 list as of Wednesday.
Dec 15, 2021 7:15 PM EST
The Saints will place Montgomery on the reserve/COVID-19 list after he tested positive for the virus Thursday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Though Yates' report indicates that Montgomery hasn't immediately been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Jets, given the timing of the 28-year-old's positive test, he's highly unlikely to clear the necessary protocols in advance of the 1 p.m. ET kickoff for Week 14. His expected absence comes at a particularly unwelcome time, as Montgomery had just started to carve out more work on offense in a hybrid running back/receiver role. Though Alvin Kamara's (knee) expected return from a four-game absence Sunday likely would have limited his opportunities as a ball carrier moving forward, Montgomery looked like a leading candidate to earn a regular spot in three-receiver sets alongside Tre'Quan Smith and Marquez Callaway with Deonte Harris set to begin serving a three-game suspension this week. Lil'Jordan Humphrey (hamstring) now looks to be the next man up at receiver in place of Montgomery, who totaled nine receptions for 40 yards on 14 targets between the past two weeks.
Dec 9, 2021 1:44 PM EST
Montgomery rushed four times for 21 yards while catching four of seven targets for nine yards during Thursday's 27-17 loss to the Cowboys.
Analysis: Montgomery saw a heightened workload with Alvin Kamara (knee) on the shelf. However, Mark Ingram operated as the clear lead back and Montgomery wasn't able to do much with the touches he got. Should Kamara remain unavailable in Week 14 against the Jets, Montgomery would only be relevant as an emergency option in deep PPR formats.
Dec 5, 2021 2:43 PM EST
With Alvin Kamara (knee) and Tony Jones (coach's decision) inactive Thursday night against the Cowboys, Montgomery figures to see some backfield touches behind Mark Ingram in the contest, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: With both Kamara and Ingram (knee) out of the mix in last Thursday's game against the Bills, Montgomery logged six carries for 14 yards (while Jones had 16 carries) in addition to five catches on seven targets for 31 yards. This time around Ingram is back in action and should lead the way, with Montgomery mixing in as a change-of-pace option, a context that could give him a degree of PPR utility in Week 13.
Dec 2, 2021 4:27 PM EST
Montgomery rushed six times for 14 yards while catching five of seven targets for 31 yards during Sunday's 31-6 loss to the Bills.
Analysis: Montgomery saw a hike in playing time thanks to the absences of both Alvin Kamara (knee) and Mark Ingram (knee). While Tony Jones led the way on early downs, Montgomery mixed in sporadically while siphoning off a large chunk of the work on passing downs. However, neither back was very effective within an offense led by the likes of Trevor Siemian. Even if Kamara and Ingram remain sidelined in Week 13 against Dallas, Montgomery would only be a fringe fantasy consideration in deep PPR formats.
Nov 25, 2021 9:40 PM EST
Montgomery (hand) was able to practice in full capacity Tuesday.
Analysis: The 28-year-old has now practiced both days to open the week, ramping up his activity Tuesday. He now seems likely to play Thanksgiving versus the Bills. With Alvin Kamara (knee) questionable to play, Montgomery may also be an active part of the team's rushing attack in Week 12.
Nov 23, 2021 2:54 PM EST
Montgomery (hand) was listed as a limited participant on Monday's estimated injury report.
Analysis: The limited designation suggests that the 28-year-old -- who didn't practice last week -- has a chance to suit up for the Saints' Thanksgiving day matchup against the Bills. There should be more clarity regarding his status no later than Wednesday, when the Saints' final Week 12 injury report is released. While seeing most of his action as a slot receiver, Montgomery has also seen some rushing opportunities while lined up in the Saints' backfield this season and could see increased usage if running back Alvin Kamara, who was listed as a non-participant in the team's injury report, remains sidelined versus Buffalo.
Nov 22, 2021 2:57 PM EST
Montgomery (finger) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Eagles.
Analysis: Montgomery has mostly been a part-time slot receiver this year, but he got a handful of backfield snaps in the first quarter of last week's game at Tennessee with Alvin Kamara (knee) inactive, only to then suffer an injury of his own. Other players might be more likely to play through a finger injury, but Montgomery needs to catch passes to be useful even if he's lining up in the backfield. With both him and Kamara out this week, the Saints may bring Tony Jones (ankle) back from injured reserve to help Mark Ingram in the backfield. The team also has Dwayne Washington, a core special teamer who has taken all of 86 snaps on offense in 47 regular-season games with the Saints.
Nov 19, 2021 1:51 PM EST
Montgomery (finger) remained absent at practice Thursday, Amie Just of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Analysis: Montgomery hasn't practiced since exiting last week's loss to the Titans as a result of this injury. Also missing from Thursday's practice was Alvin Kamara (knee), who didn't suit up against Tennessee but practiced in limited fashion Wednesday. The versatile Montgomery would likely absorb some of Kamara's pass-catching duties out of the backfield if he plays Sunday in Philadelphia and Kamara doesn't, but such a scenario seems unlikely at this point.
Nov 18, 2021 12:30 PM EST
Montgomery (finger) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Luke Johnson of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Analysis: Montgomery exited early Sunday against the Titans with the injury and did not return. He'll try to get back on the practice field Thursday in preparation for the Saints' Week 11 matchup with the Eagles.
Nov 17, 2021 12:46 PM EST
Montgomery (finger) is questionable to return Sunday against the Titans,James Palmer of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Montgomery was questionable going into Sunday with a hamstring injury, but has injured his finger in the first half. His absence will likely lead to more work for Kevin White.
Nov 14, 2021 10:54 AM EST
Montgomery (hamstring) is active Week 10 against the Titans, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Analysis: Montgomery was limited on the practice field all week, but opportunity may knock here in Tennessee now that he's officially suiting up. With Alvin Kamara on the shelf for this contest due to a knee injury, the backfield is expected to be led the Mark Ingram and Dwayne Washington, though Montgomery does have experience as a running back and could be called upon in that capacity. In any case, plenty of touches should be up for grabs, as Kamara ranked fourth in the league in snaps per game among RBs while also commanding a 24.7 percent target share on the season.
Nov 14, 2021 8:39 AM EST
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