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

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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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Table - Injury report
Player Injury Game status
PRO CAREER:


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


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
Groin Questionable
PRO CAREER:


In his second season in 2020, rushed for 1,070 yards on 247 carries with 10 total TDs (8 rushing and 2 receiving) 
His 2,582 yards from scrimmage through 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
Appeared in all 16 games during his rookie season for the Bears after being selected in the third round of the 2019 draft


2020 SEASON (Bears)


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
Concussion Out
PRO CAREER:


Spent his 2019 rookie season on the practice squad; elevated to the active roster in 2020 prior to Week 6 at the Panthers


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
Knee Doubtful
PRO CAREER:


Has appeared in 88 career NFL games with 84 starts over six-plus seasons with the Jaguars (2014-17) and Bears (2018-20)
Has recorded 457 career receptions for 5,999 yards (13.1 avg) and 39 touchdowns
Has recorded at least one reception in all 88 career games
Became the fifth Bears player ever to post back-to-back 1,000 yard-seasons (2019-20) 
Tied for first in 10+ reception games with five in Bears history with Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery 
Owns 16 games of 100+ receiving yards and his eight career multi-touchdown performances, is tied for seventh in the NFL since he entered the league in 2014
Recorded four multiple TD games in Jacksonville, which are tied for the second most in franchise history
His 14 TD receptions in 2015 with Jacksonville set the single-season franchise record


HONORS:


*2019: *Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee; Ed Block Courage Award
2015: Pro Bowl Selection; Ed Block Courage Award


2020 SEASON (Bears):


Led the team with 102 receptions (sixth in the NFL) for 1,250 yards and six touchdowns
In Week 16, he reached 100 receptions on the season for the first time in his career; it marked the first 100-catch season by a Bears player since Matt Forte in 2014 (102) and the first by a WR since Brandon Marshall in 2013 (100)
In Week 14, he eclipsed 1,000 yards for the season, becoming the fifth Bears player ever to post back-to-back 1,000-yard campaigns, joining Curtis Conway (1995-96), Marty Booker (2001-02), Brandon Marshall (2012-13), and Alshon Jeffery (2013-14) 
He joined former WR Brandon Marshall as the only Bears players to surpass season totals of 100 catches and 1,200 receiving yards (Marshall did so twice 2012-13) 
Had 22 receptions of 20+ yards, which was tied for most in Bears history (Marcus Robinson, 22, 1999) 
Currently has a catch of 20+ yards in 14 straight games, the longest such streak in Bears history 
Had 12 games with at least 70 yards receiving, including four games with 100+
Caught two touchdowns on eight receptions for 74 yards in Week 12 at Green Bay. His four multi-TD games as a Bear is four off of Harlon Hill's (8) for the most multi-TD games in Bears history 
Tied a career high with 10 catches for 123 yards and a 37-yard touchdown in the Week 3 win over the Falcons
Also recorded 10 catches for 90 yards in the Week 5 win over the Buccaneers
Recorded another 100-yard performance in Week 4 vs. the Colts, catching seven passes for 101 yards, including one touchdown late in the fourth quarter; eclipsed 5,000 career receiving yards with a 27-yard grab in the second quarter vs. IND
Caught five passes for 74 yards in the Week 1 win at Detroit, including a long of 22 yards
Caught a season-long 42 yarder in Week 7 at the Rams; caught four passes for 70 yards in the game
Recorded six catches for 87 yards and a touchdown in the Week 8 overtime loss to the Saints; became the 17th NFL player in history to hit career totals of at least 400 receptions, 5,000 receiving yards and 35 TDs by their 80th career game vs. NO


2019 SEASON (Bears):


Appeared in 16 games with 15 starts, recording a career-high 98 receptions for 1,147 yards (11.7 avg) and seven touchdowns (all team highs)
Recorded three 100-yard receiving games, including a season-high 131 in the Week 12 win over the Giants
Recorded 13 games with at least five catches, including seven games with seven or more
Went over the 1,000-yard mark in Week 15 at GB, becoming the first Bears receiver to eclipse 1,000 yards since Alshon Jeffery in 2014
His 1,147 total receiving yards marked the second-highest of his career and he joined Brandon Marshall (2012-13) and Marty Booker (2002) as the only Bears to record 95+ receptions and 1,100 yards in a single season
Over the last six games Robinson totaled 41 catches for 514 yards and four TDs; 29 of those 41 catches went for first downs
Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee


2018 SEASON (Bears):


Appeared in 13 games (12 starts), recording 754 yards on 55 receptions (13.7 avg) and four touchdowns
Hauled in 10 receptions in Week 2 vs. Seattle, which matched his career-high
Recorded two touchdowns vs. Detroit
Caught 10 passes for 143 yards in Wild Card playoff game vs. PHI; the 10 receptions tied Matt Forte for most receptions in a postseason game and 143 receiving yards are most all-time in a postseason game in franchise history (passing Willie Gault - 129)
Inactive for Games 7-8 and 16


2017 SEASON (Jaguars):


Started the opening game, catching one pass for 17 yards before injuring his knee in the first quarter at Houston
Placed on Injured Reserve in Week 2 for the remainder of the season


2016 SEASON (Jaguars):


Started all 16 games for the Jaguars, catching 73 passes for 883 yards (12.1 avg) and six touchdowns
Recorded two 100+ yard games: had 9 catches for 147 yards in Week 16 win vs. TEN and had 9 catches for 107 yards in a Week 10 loss to Houston


2015 SEASON (Jaguars):


Started all 16 games, recording 80 receptions for 1,400 yards (17.5 avg) and 14 touchdowns
His 14 touchdowns set a single-season franchise record and tied for the NFL lead (Doug Baldwin, Brandon Marshall)
Set career-highs in receptions with 10 at Tennessee (12/6), receiving yards (155, vs. MIA 9/15) and receiving TDs (3, at TEN 12/6)
Caught a career-long 90-yard touchdown at New Orleans
Recorded six 100-yard receiving games, including two games with 150+ yards
Recorded 61 catches for first downs and 19 catches of 25+ yards


2014 SEASON (Jaguars):


Played in 10 games (8 starts) as a rookie, recording 48 receptions for 548 yards (11.4 avg) and 2 touchdowns
Was tied for first among rookies in receptions and fourth in receiving yards at the time of his injury
Placed on Injured Reserve in Week 12
Allen Robinson II
Knee Questionable

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