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David Montgomery returned to practice

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At his Thursday press conference, Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy said that running back David Montgomery would return to practice today, thus opening the three week window that the team now has to activate him from injured reserve. Montgomery hurt his knee on October 4 against the Detroit Lions, and initial speculation was that the knee sprain would keep him sidelined about a month.

With the Bears playing on Monday night this week their usual practice schedule has been moved back a day, so they practiced at Halas Hall today, then again tomorrow, and they’ll wrap up the week of practice on Saturday. Their final injury report will come out on Saturday, with a decision on Montgomery possibly coming on Sunday. If he looks good this week he could be activated for their game on Monday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Chicago currently has one open spot on their 53-man roster, so it would be an easy transition to activate him.

The Bears still have Teven Jenkins, Deon Bush, and Jeremiah Attaochu on IR, and Tarik Cohen is still on the PUP list. Germain Ifedi is the only current Bear on the Reserve/COVID-19 list, and he’s also technically still on injured reserve as well.

Nagy was at Halas Hall today, so he’s out of COVID quarantine, and speaking of the pandemic, starting quarterback Justin Fields confirmed that he is fully vaccinated.