By Thomas Gibbons
Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery suffered a groin strain Wednesday morning at Bears practice. He walked off under his own power then taken in a cart to the facility.
Video of the injury
The severity of the injury is unknown. But this leaves the Bears running back room pretty thin. Tarik Cohen, Cordarrelle Patterson, Ryan Nall and undrafted rookie Artavis Pierce round out the RB room.
The timeline of Montgomery’s recovery will aid in the Bears decision making if they need to sign a running back. Devonta Freeman, Jeremy Hill, Spencer Ware, and C.J. Prosise are just a few names available.
If Montgomery were to miss significant time, it would drastically hurt the Bears offense heading into the season. The importance of the run game this season cannot be stressed enough despite who is under-center for Matt Nagy. Montgomery showed flashes last season when Nagy committed to the run game. However, Nagy at times abandoned it and with the inconsistent play from Mitchell Trubisky, the Bears offense struggled mightily.
The QB Competition is well….hard to determine
Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles have been battling it out for the starting quarterback position for weeks now and there is still not a clear cut winner. Yet on Wednesday, Nick Foles stood out. Nagy stated on Sunday that the decision for the starting quarterback position will not happen soon. With no preseason games, it is hard to evaluate players outside of game situations. While there is plenty of scrimmages going on at Halas Hall, it is a lot different going up against someone else in a different jersey. In addition, Nagy’s words also speaks to that there has not been a clear favorite in the QB battle.
It was very evident the Bears needed a replacement or someone to push Trubisky at quarterback this offseason. The Bears acquired Foles and the familiarity with Nagy allowed for an easy transition into the offense. Foles is familiar with what the Bears run and it was going to make for quite a competition. Thus far, either player has really separated from the other. It brings some sort of concern knowing the implications this season has on both Nagy and General Manager Ryan Pace’s job security.
Last week, Bears cornerback Artie Burns went down in practice and the injury was later confirmed as a torn ACL. On Wednesday, Safety Tashaun Gipson did not practice due to lower back issues, but it is not deemed to be serious.
Bears DT Akiem Hicks(quad), WR Allen Robinson(ankle) and OL Jason Spriggs(knee) also among the players to sit out Wednesday’s practice.