Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery declared out for Monday night; Lamar Miller could be in line for a promotion

Dan Wiederer, Chicago Tribune
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Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery has been declared out for Monday night’s game against the Minnesota Vikings, still dealing with the concussion he suffered in the second half of Sunday’s loss to the Tennessee Titans. Montgomery has not been cleared to return to practice and will miss the first game of his career Monday.

The Bears have also declared quarterback Mitch Trubisky (shoulder), defensive lineman John Jenkins (ankle) and defensive back Sherrick McManis (finger) out. Offensive lineman Sam Mustipher is doubtful with a knee injury. Allen Robinson (knee), Cole Kmet (groin), Jason Spriggs (knee) and Barkevious Mingo (knee) are listed as questionable.

Robinson and Kmet were limited participants in practice Saturday at Halas Hall and are likely to get the green light on Monday night.

Montgomery’s absence, however, is another blow to a struggling offense. The Bears already have the league’s least productive rushing attack, averaging 82.3 yards per game. Without Montgomery, more reshuffling must be done. And Matt Nagy said that could mean a committee approach in the backfield with Cordarrelle Patterson, Ryan Nall and Artavis Pierce potentially sharing the load.

Nagy also acknowledged there was a possibility veteran Lamar Miller could be promoted from the practice squad before the game.

“He could be an option,” Nagy said. “It’s something we’re definitely looking into. … He’s done a good job of continuing to practice hard each and every day. We’re watching him as we go in practice.”

Miller, who has been with the Bears since Week 5 and is still coming back from the torn anterior cruciate ligament that cost him the entire 2019 season, is an intriguing option. He totaled 1,136 yards from scrimmage plus six touchdowns for the Texans in 2018. That was his fifth consecutive season surpassing 1,000 yards from scrimmage. At 29 years old, his attempt to revive his career might coincide with the Bears' needs to jump-start their struggling running game.

“He’s a really good kid who has a lot of experience,” Nagy said. “Now he has had this (knee) injury that is not always easy to come back from. But when he was playing at his highest level, he was one of the best running backs in the NFL. So to have a guy like that, to me there’s an excitement of the possibility of him being able to fill a role for us.”

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