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Injury Update: Williams to replace injured Montgomery

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With David Montgomery unavailable, Damien Williams moves into the starting running back role for the Bears, starting with Sunday's game against the Raiders in Las Vegas.

Montgomery was unable to practice all week after a sprained knee forced him to exit last weekend's win over the Lions with 11:00 left in the fourth quarter. He was originally listed as out for Sunday's contest, but was placed on injured reserve Saturday and will miss a minimum of three games.

Williams, the versatile seventh-year pro, is adept at running with the ball as well as catching passes out of the backfield.

In the first four games this season, Williams rushed for 73 yards and one touchdown on 16 carries and caught eight passes for 41 yards. He signed with the Bears in March after opting out of the 2020 campaign due to COVID-19 concerns.

Prior to that, Williams appeared in 85 games with 13 starts over six seasons with the Dolphins (2014-17) and Chiefs (2018-19), rushing for 1,231 yards and 12 TDs on 294 carries and catching 138 passes for 1,106 yards and 10 TDs. He capped the 2019 season by scoring two touchdowns in the final 2:44 of Super Bowl LIV to help the Chiefs turn a 20-17 deficit into a 31-20 win over the 49ers.

"When Damien is in the open field, and you saw David do it, too, they can make you miss in space," said coach Matt Nagy. "So, they both have that. The place where they're the most similar, I think, is their mentality. I always talk about it; they've got the dog mentality. I love that about them.

"Damien is a little bit more extroverted than David. And to each their own. That means nothing, other than their personality. But I know to be able to have them both was great, and then this situation when David gets hurt, we feel like, hey, for Damien to be able to come in here and help us, we feel like we're in a good place."

Elsewhere on offense, the Bears will be thin at tight end: Jesse James (personal reasons) and J.P. Holtz (quad) have been ruled out of Sunday's game, while Jesper Horsted (knee) is listed as questionable on the injury report.

Defensively, tackle Akiem Hicks was originally listed as doubtful for Sunday's game, but was downgraded to out Saturday due to a groin injury he suffered on the Lions' first play from scrimmage last Sunday at Soldier Field.

Outside linebacker Khalil Mack will be able to face his former team in Las Vegas, however, despite injuries to his knee and ribs. The perennial Pro Bowler was limited in practice Friday after sitting out Wednesday and Thursday but said he would play. Mack revealed that he hurt his ribs while being tackled on a fumble return last Sunday when he landed on the elbow of a Lions player.

Listed as questionable, Mack was asked by a reporter how close he is to being 100 percent healthy.

"I'm going to be out there," Mack said. "If I'm out there, I'm 100 percent."

It also appears that safety Tashaun Gipson Sr. could return after missing the last two games with a hamstring injury. The eighth-year pro is questionable but was a full participant in practice all week.

In other injury news, linebacker Joel Iyiegbuniwe (hamstring) was ruled out of the game and linebacker Christian Jones (back) is questionable after being limited in practice Friday.

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PRO CAREER:


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
KneeOut

For the Raiders, tight end Derek Carrier (pectoral) and cornerbacks Damon Arnette (groin) and Trayvon Mullen (toe) were ruled out; and running back Peyton Barber (toe) is questionable after being limited in practice Friday. Arnette was selected by the Raiders with the 19th pick in the first round of the 2020 draft with a selection obtained from the Bears in the Mack trade.

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