The Chicago Bears announced the expected move of placing running back David Montgomery on injured reserve today, which means he’ll miss a minimum of three games. A report that surfaced earlier this week said he could miss about a month with a knee sprain. Montgomery hurt himself last Sunday against the Detroit Lions, and the FOX broadcast team refused to show the replay, so only missing a month seems like the best case scenario.
With Montgomery out it’ll be Damien Williams and Khalil Herbert as the top two tailback fill-ins on offense on Sunday against the Las Vegas Raiders. Running back Ryan Nall was elevated from the practice squad today for tomorrow’s game against the Las Vegas Raiders, and he’ll likely be a core special teamer, but don’t be surprised if you see him in the game on offense a bit. With the Bears shorthanded at the tight end spot, the Bears may use Nall to help out in pass protection.
To take Montgomery’s place on the 53-man roster the Bears activated inside linebacker Danny Trevathan from injured reserve. Trevathan has been on IR all season long, but he has been practicing with the team since September 29. Before his stint on IR he was expected to resume his starting role next to Roquan Smith, but Alec Ogletree has been filling in through the first four weeks. In Trevathan’s absence Ogletree has 24 tackles, 4 passes defended, a tackle for loss, and a QB hit. Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun Times doesn’t believe that Trevathan will resume his role as starter.
The Bears also announced that defensive lineman Akiem Hicks did not travel with the team to Vegas, and he has been downgraded to out.