David Montgomery Injury Update: When Will The Bears RB Return?

Written By Matt Burke on November 24, 2020
When will David Montgomery be back return update

Chicago Bears RB David Montgomery missed the team’s Week 10 game against the Minnesota Vikings due to a concussion suffered the week prior. Bears fans and fantasy football owners alike are now asking when will Montgomery be back? A return date for the running back is not yet set in stone, as concussions are among the hardest injuries to project when it comes to a timetable.

Montgomery has been in the NFL’s concussion protocol since Nov. 9 after suffering a blow to the head in Week 9 against the Tennessee Titans.

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When will David Montgomery be back?

The timing of the Bears’ bye week (Week 11) has helped here, as it has given Montgomery more time to recover. Montgomery made a return to practice Monday, and while he does not yet have medical clearance to play in this coming Sunday’s game against the Packers, it’s becoming increasingly likely that he will play against Green Bay.

As mentioned above, all concussions are different in terms of severity. The typical recovery time for an NFL player who has suffered a concussion is around 10 days, and most players only miss one game.

But there are cases where players miss multiple weeks due to a concussion. Tennessee Titans WR Adam Humphries, for example, has missed the team’s last two games after suffering a concussion in Week 8 against the Bengals.

Humphries was carted off the field in that game after a scary hit that left him laying on the field for over three minutes.

Montgomery’s concussion does not seem to be nearly as severe as Chicago did not rule him out of the Minnesota game until this past Saturday. But given that this is head trauma and teams are being more and more cautious when it comes to these type of injuries, it is not 100% for certain that Montgomery will play Week 12 against the Packers.

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The Bears desperately needed this bye week as they have lost four straight games after starting the season 5-1. At 5-5 and with the Packers at 7-2, it might be difficult for the Bears to capture the division title. But thanks to the NFL’s reconfigured postseason, with seven available playoff slots in both the NFC and AFC, Chicago is still very much in the playoff mix.

The Bears are +250 to make the playoffs right now at FanDuel Sportsbook and are -330 to miss the postseason. Their odds to win the division at FD are +1600. The Vikings now have lower odds than the Bears to win the division crown, coming in at +1400. Green Bay is a big favorite at -1000.

David Montgomery odds


Montgomery was far from a favorite to win the NFL rushing title before the 2020 season began. DraftKings Sportsbook had the Bears’ back at +5000 to lead the league on the ground. Twenty-three other players had lower odds.

He has 472 yards rushing so far this year, good for 18th in the NFL.

Montgomery hasn’t rushed for over 100 yards in a game yet this season but he has been one of the top receiving RBs in the NFL. The former Iowa State star has 212 yards receiving so far this season.

While Montgomery puts up decent numbers as far as yardage goes, he has had issues finding the end zone. He has just one rushing touchdown this season, and just one receiving TD in 2020.

He had six rushing touchdowns and one receiving TD last year, his rookie campaign.

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Matt Burke is the Sports Editor and Head of Evergreen/SEO Content at TheLines.com. He is the Founder and former Editor-in-Chief of MetroBet, a digital and print sports betting platform, and was the Executive Sports Editor at Metro US Newspapers (New York, Philadelphia, Boston) from 2014-2020. Matt has covered Super Bowls and Final Fours, and his work has appeared for Sports Illustrated, CBS Sports, the Eagle Tribune, Gloucester Daily Times and Newburyport Daily News. Matt is a graduate of the University of Connecticut.

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