Even though the Chicago Bears picked up their first win of the 2015 season, they lost starting center Will Montgomery to a broken fibula during the 1st quarter.
Head coach John Fox said after the game that they have no idea on a time frame for a possible Montgomery return.
The Bears have two IR options, they could decide to put him on season ending injured reserve, or they could use their 8 week designated to return IR status on him.
UPDATE: Montgomery will have surgery and be placed on the season-ending IR.
With rookie center Hroniss Grasu inactive for the 4th consecutive game, it was left guard Matt Slauson sliding over to handle the center position. "That's not what you want to see," said Slauson, "I don't want to see it. Will was my guy, he's a great, great player for us. He's what sets the whole offense."
Slauson called it "tough sledding there" with the Bears missing two starters. Patrick Omameh took Slauson's LG spot and Charles Leno Jr. was filling in for Jermon Bushrod at left tackle.
Slauson, who has never played center in a regular season NFL game, only had 6 snaps all year in practice, but he knew he had to step up. "That's part of being a pro. I've got to do what I'm asked. In that type of scenario, I have to do it and I can't have any reservations about it. I can't overthink, I just have to go."
John Fox wasn't ready to discuss the center position at his post game presser, "I'd like to take about 24 hours to enjoy this win before we start getting into personnel issues."
The Bears seem to have a few options.
NBC's Peggy Kusinski had a team source tell her they will have discussions this week on the possibilities at center.
They could sign someone, keep Slauson at Center or play Rookie Hroniss Grasu to speed up his development. Either way Slauson could still call out protections from guard while bringing along the new Center.
If you're thinking about some veteran center options, both Roberto Garza and Brian de la Puente are free agents.
What are your thoughts on this latest injury?