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Injury Update: Who's in, who's out for Vikings game


Bears running back David Montgomery remains in the NFL's concussion protocol and has been ruled out of Monday night's game against the Vikings.

The 2019 third-round pick from Iowa State suffered a concussion late in last Sunday's loss to the Titans. Montgomery entered Week 10 ranked 13th in the NFL in rushing with a team-high 472 yards and one touchdown on 131 carries.

With Montgomery missing his first game in two seasons, the Bears will be without their top two running backs entering the year; Tarik Cohen is out for the season after tearing his ACL in a Week 3 win in Atlanta.

Other running backs on the Bears roster include converted-receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, third-year pro Ryan Nall and undrafted rookie Artavis Pierce. Nall replaced Montgomery against the Titans, catching four passes for 35 yards, including his first NFL touchdown on a 6-yard reception from Nick Foles.

"With [Montgomery] being out and being in the protocol right now," said coach Matt Nagy, "what we've seen all week in practice is just for our guys that are all there in practice to be able to kind of fill different roles.

"I think right away you look at a guy like a Ryan Nall or Cordarrelle and these guys that have been on the roster, and I think that you see that, 'Hey, it's the next-man-up mentality.' And of course the other running backs that we have here, too, they've done a good job between helping us out with the first group and helping us out, too, with the numbers that we need with the look team. It's just all of us just kind of working together and saying, 'I don't know how it's going to go, but we're going to need you guys.'"

Nagy also revealed Saturday that the Bears could activate veteran running back Lamar Miller from the practice squad. The eighth-year pro was signed to the practice squad Oct. 5 after missing the entire 2019 season with a torn ACL he sustained in a preseason game while playing for the Texans.

"He could be an option," Nagy said. "It's something we're definitely looking into. He's done a good job of being able to continue to practice hard each and every day. We're watching him as we go in practice and same thing with a guy like Pierce, too. These guys are working hard in practice and they're giving us everything they have, and now what we've got to do is figure out roster-wise with all the moving parts, what do we want to do here in regards to that position."

Miller has appeared in 105 NFL games with 89 starts over seven seasons with the Dolphins (2012-15) and Texans (2016-18), rushing for 5,864 yards and 32 touchdowns on 1,354 carries and catching 209 passes for 1,565 yards and 8 TDs. He was voted to the Pro Bowl with Houston in 2018 after running for 973 yards.

"He's a really kid good that has a lot of experience and he has had that [torn ACL] that is not always easy to come back from," Nagy said. "But when he was playing at his highest level, he was one of the best running backs in the NFL. And 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. I do love this story. I think that if he does get a chance to go out there and do something, it will be exciting for him and for us."

In other injury news, defensive tackle John Jenkins (ankle), special-teams standout Sherrick McManis (hand) and quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (right shoulder) have also been ruled out of Monday night's game.

Center Sam Mustipher (knee) is doubtful after missing practice all week, while receiver Allen Robinson II (knee), tight end Cole Kmet (groin), tackle Jason Spriggs (knee) and linebacker Barkevious Mingo (shoulder) are questionable after being limited in Saturday's workout.

The Bears' depleted offensive line could receive a major boost, with Nagy revealing there's a chance that center Cody Whitehair could be activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list in time to play Monday night.

"I would say he's a possibility," Nagy said. "I just don't have any answers right now, but I would say it's a possibility."

Whitehair suffered a calf injury Oct. 26 late in a loss to the Rams and then missed a game the following week against the Saints for the first time in his five-year NFL career. Mustipher, a first-year pro, made his first NFL start versus New Orleans but injured his knee.

That forced the Bears to start their third center in as many weeks in first-year pro Alex Bars last Sunday against the Titans. A natural guard, Bars performed well given that he had never previously played center.

"Through everything that kind of went on with us struggling last week and losing that game, I got to say I was probably remiss in not mentioning how well I thought that Alex played in that situation," Nagy said. "Really, really proud of the way he handled that. That is not easy. He did a great job. Kid is such a true professional. Takes the game very seriously. I thought he did a really, really good job, as did the rest of the coaches. Again, depending on what happens with Cody's situation, with Alex, we're lucky to have him."

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Selected in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft (43rd overall) by the Bears; played in all 16 games as a rookie with nine starts and started in all 17 games of the 2021 season
Has 855 career receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns to his credit

2021 SEASON (Bears):

Started in all 17 games of the 2021 season
Surpassed 500 receiving yards on the season in Week 16 at Seattle, Trey Burton was Chicago's most recent tight end to surpass the 500-yard mark, doing so in 2018 with 569 receiving yards on 54 receptions
His 612 receiving yards on the season were the second-highest on the team
Recorded five receptions for 42 yards vs. the Rams
Logged two receptions for 22 yards in the Week 5 win at the Raiders
Recorded 49 all-purpose yards in Week 6 vs. the Packers
Caught five passes for 43 yards, including in a 22-yard reception, his second-longest to date, in Week 7 at Tampa Bay
Logged a career-high 87 yards on six receptions (14.5 avg.) Week 9 at the Steelers
Caught eight passes for 65 yards during the Week 12 win at the Lions, his second-highest receiving total of his career, trailing only an 87-yard performance at Pittsburgh (Nov. 8)
Hauled in three receptions for 17 yards Week 14 at the Packers
Caught six passes for a team-high 71 receiving yards in Week 15 vs. the Vikings
Surpassed 500 receiving yards on the season in the Week 16 win at Seattle with four catches for 49 yards (12.3 avg.)
Hauled in four receptions for 48 yards (12.0 avg.) in the Bears final game at Minnesota in Week 18

2020 SEASON (Bears):

Started nine of 16 games in his rookie season; had 28 catches for 243 yards and two TDs on the season
Caught 20 passes over the final five games of the regular season after catching only eight passes over the first 11 games
Caught a season-high seven passes for 41 yards in Week 17 vs. the Packers
Made his first career catch in the Week 2 win vs. the Giants, a 12-yarder from Mitchell Trubisky
Hauled in his first touchdown catch in Week 6 at Carolina, a 9-yard pass from Nick Foles on Chicago's opening drive
Had two catches for 45 yards, including a season-long 38-yarder, in Week 7 at the Rams
Caught his second touchdown of the season in Week 13 vs. the Lions, an 11-yarder from Mitchell Trubisky; caught a career-high five passes for 37 yards in that game
Caught four passes for 41 yards (10.3 avg) in the Week 14 win over the Texans
Caught three passes for 16 yards in the Wild Card playoff game at the Saints
Cole Kmet

Played in 44 career games with 35 starts, rushing for 2,808 yards and 21 TDs in his first three seasons; also has 121 catches for 924 yards and three scores
His 2,582 yards from scrimmage through his first two professional seasons ranks fourth most in Bears history during that span
Finished his rookie season in 2019 with 889 rushing and 185 receiving yards to become the ninth Bears rookie to top 1,000 yards from scrimmage in their rookie season (1,074 yards from scrimmage) and the first since Jordan Howard in 2016; his 889 yards and six TDs were both second in the NFL
Had a streak of seven consecutive regular season games with a touchdown dating to Week 12 of the 2020 season (ended in Week 2 of the 2021 season)

2021 SEASON (Bears):

Started in 13 contests (missing four due to injury) and recorded 849 yards on the ground, 301 in the air and seven touchdowns throughout the season
Started off the season with his sixth-career 100-yard game in Week 1 at the Rams, his 108 yards were the second most of any rusher in the NFL in Week 1 (Joe Mixon 127 yards)
Scored two rushing touchdowns and had his seventh-career 100-yard rushing game with 106 yards on 23 carries (4.3 avg.) vs. the Lions; the Week 4 match up also marked his fourth career game with multiple rushing touchdowns
Sat out Weeks 5-8 due to injury
Returned from IR Week 9 and rushed for a team-high 63 yards at the Steelers
Recorded a team-high 58 rushing yards Week 11 vs. the Ravens
Rushed for 46 yards and caught three receptions for 28 yards to contribute to the Bears Week 12 win at the Lions
Put together a season-high 141 all-purpose yards vs. the Cardinals, passing the century mark for the third time this season. He also tallied 51 yards through the air on eight catches (6.4 avg.) with 21 carries and 90 yards on the ground (4.3 avg.) during the Week 13 contest
Rushed for a team-high 60 yards and hauled in five passes for 23 yards Week 15 vs. the Vikings
Led the team in both receiving and rushing yards in the Week 16 win at Seattle, recording 45 yards on the ground and 61 in the air. Montgomery's 100+ scrimmage yards marked the 14th game in his career in which he surpassed the century mark. He also found the end zone scoring from one yard out at the start of the second quarter (10:17), his fifth touchdown of the season
Logged two rushing touchdowns in the Week 17 win vs. the Giants, one on the Bears first offensive drive of the game and the second on the first drive of the second half. Montgomery's 2+ rushing touchdowns mark his fifth career game with 2+ touchdowns

2020 SEASON (Bears):

Played in 15 games with 14 starts
Had 1,508 total yards from scrimmage (5th in the NFL); 1,070 on the ground (5th in the NFL) and 438 through the air with 10 touchdowns (8 rushing, 2 receiving)
Was one of five NFL players with over 1,500 yards from scrimmage and was the only NFL RB with over 1,000 rushing yards and over 400 receiving yards
Montgomery found the end zone for the sixth consecutive week in Week 17; he was the first Bears player to have scored in five straight weeks since Alshon Jeffery in 2014 and the first to rush for a TD in five straight since Neal Anderson in 1990
Eclipsed 1,000 rushing yards on the season in Week 16 for the first time in his career; he was Chicago's first 1,000-yard back since Jordan Howard in 2017
In Week 15 at Minnesota, set career-highs with 146 rushing yards on 32 carries with two TDs; joined Walter Payton as only the second player in Bears history with 30+ carries, 140+ rushing yards, and at least two rushing TDs in single game
Became the first Bears rusher since Jordan Howard in 2016 to rush for 100+ yards in back to back games (Weeks 14-15)
In Week 14 vs. Houston, he broke a career-long 80-yard TD run on the Bears first play from scrimmage; it tied the longest TD run by the Bears in the SB era, with Neil Anderson’s 80-yard TD run vs. Green Bay on Nov. 27, 1988
Had 106 yards in the first half in Week 14 vs. Houston, the first time a Bears rusher had over 100 yards in the first half since Matt Forte on 9/13/2015; finished with 113 yards on 11 carries
Rushed for two TDs in Week 13 and Week 15, and now has three career multi-TD game, the other being 11/3/2019 at Philadelphia
Rushed for 103 yards on 11 carries at Green Bay, while adding five receptions for 40 yards and a receiving TD. His 143 yards from scrimmage was the second most of his career (147, 10/27/19 vs. LAC)
Rushed for 89 yards rushing on 21 attempts in the Week 8 overtime loss to the Saints; also had a long run of 38 yards in that game
Carried the ball 13 times for 64 yards (4.9 avg) in the Week 1 win at Detroit; also caught one pass for 10 yards
Recorded 82 yards on 16 carries (5.1 avg) and added 45 yards on three catches, including a 28-yard TD catch in the first quarter in the Week 2 win over the Giants
Scored on a 3-yard rushing TD in the Week 5 win over the Buccaneers; also caught seven passes for 30 yards, including a key 17-yarder along the left sideline late in the fourth quarter to help set up the game-winning field goal
Sat out Week 10 with a concussion

2019 SEASON (Bears):

Appeared in 16 games (eight starts) in his rookie season
Finished the season with 889 rushing and 185 receiving yards to become the ninth Bears rookie to top 1,000 yards from scrimmage in their rookie season (1,074 yards from scrimmage) and the first since Jordan Howard in 2016
His 889 yards and six TDs were both second in the NFL behind Oakland’s Josh Jacobs (1,150 yds, 7 TDs) among rookie RBs
Tied for the team lead with seven total touchdowns (6 rushing, 1 receiving)
Added 25 receptions for 185 yards (7.4 avg) and one touchdown
Rushed for 113 yards on 23 carries, including a 14-yard TD, in the Week 17 win at the Vikings, his second 100-yard game
Rushed for a career-high 135 yards in Week 8 vs. the Chargers
Recorded the first multi-touchdown game of his career at Philadelphia when he scored two 1-yard rushing scores in the third and fourth quarters; also recorded a season-long 30-yard reception in that game
Scored the game-winning TD on a 3-yard pass from Mitchell Trubisky to cap a season-long 90-yard drive on Thanksgiving at Detroit
David Montgomery

Has played in 26 career games with 24 starts at center
Spent his 2019 rookie season on the practice squad; elevated to the active roster in 2020 prior to Week 6 at the Panthers

2021 SEASON (Bears):

Started at center in all 17 games of the 2021 season
Helped David Montgomery rush for 108 yards against the Rams in Week 1
Helped pave way for the Bears to rush for 188 yards and three rushing scores in the Week 4 win over the Lions
Helped Bears QB Justin Fields rush for a season-high 103 yards vs. the 49ers in Week 8
Helped pave the way for the Bears record a season-high 414 total net yards on offense Week 9 at the Steelers (136 rushing, 278 passing)
Paved the way for the Bears to record 353 total net yards on offense Week 11 vs. the Ravens
Helped pave the way for the Bears to record 378 total net yards on offense during the Week 12 victory at the Lions
Helped RB David Montgomery rush for a season-high 141 yards all-purpose yards vs. the Cardinals
Paved the way for the Bears to rush for two touchdowns on the ground and score one in the air in the Week 16 win at the Seahawks
Helped RB David Montgomery rush for two touchdowns in the Week 17 win vs. the Giants

2020 SEASON (Bears):

Played in nine games with seven starts at center; received his first career start at center in the Week 8 overtime loss to the Saints; also started at center in the Wild Card playoff game at the Saints
Helped pave the way for the Bears to rush for a season-high 199 yards and two rushing scores in the Week 15 win at Minnesota
Helped the Bears rush for 140 yards and three rushing scores in Week 13 vs. Detroit and 169 yards and a score vs. Houston in Week 14
Spent Weeks 1-5 on the practice squad; called up to the active roster in Week 6
Played in a reserve roll at center for the injured Cody Whitehair in Week 7 at the Rams
Inactive with a knee injury for Weeks 9-10; came back Week 12 at Green Bay where he started once again at center

2019 SEASON (Bears):

Spent entire 2019 season on Bears practice squad
Sam Mustipher

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