David Montgomery injury update: Can fantasy managers rely on him in Week 4?

What is the latest on David Montgomery's injury, and what should fantasy football managers do with the Chicago Bears' backfield in Week 4?

The messages surrounding David Montgomery’s injury have been somewhat mixed for fantasy football managers, making it all hard to decipher. Let’s take a look at the latest news regarding Montgomery’s injury, whether fantasy managers can expect to have him available in Week 4, and what it means for the Chicago Bears backfield if he’s not available.

Update: Montgomery was a non-participant again for practice on Thursday.

David Montgomery injury update for Week 4

Earlier this week, Bears head coach Matt Eberflus referred to Montgomery as day-to-day with his ankle and knee injuries. During his Wednesday media availability, Eberflus doubled down on that assertion of Montgomery being day-to-day.

He declined to comment on whether Montgomery was headed for injured reserve, suggesting, at the very least, the injury is somewhat short-term.

Montgomery was listed as a non-participant on Wednesday, which was very much expected. Thursday’s practice will be the telling one. If he can get back on the field in a limited capacity, then that could be a good sign for his availability at the weekend. However, if Montgomery cannot practice Thursday, all eyes will be on Friday.

The Bears do not need to rush to place Montgomery on the IR. He has to miss four games if he is designated for injured reserve, regardless of whether he is placed on the IR on Wednesday or Sunday morning.

Additionally, the Bears do not want to make a rushed decision. Each team can only designate eight players a year as designated to return. Therefore, they do not want to waste one of those designations if there is a chance Montgomery could play in the third or fourth week.

What should fantasy managers do with Montgomery in Week 4?

Right now, we have no measure of certainty as to Montgomery’s status. The early feeling around the injury was anywhere between a two to six-week absence. Therefore, unless we see Montgomery return to practice this week, we should expect at least a one or two-game absence.

Even if he is active, Montgomery would be a risky start for fantasy managers. We have no idea what his workload would look like, and there would be a reasonable risk of re-injury during the game.

Unless his a full participant by the end of the week, it will be hard to trust Montgomery as anything more than a speculative flex play in a 16-team league.

Khalil Herbert figures to benefit if Montgomery misses time

We saw in Week 3 that if Montgomery is absent, Khalil Herbert would be the next man up. The Bears’ RB had 20 rushing attempts for 157 yards and found the end zone twice.

He is rostered in just 52.7 percent of ESPN leagues as of Thursday morning. Therefore, if you have Montgomery on your roster or need help at RB this week, he would be an intriguing addition for fantasy managers.

If Montgomery misses the game, then Herbert would be a starting option in 12-team leagues as either RB2 or flex consideration.

In deeper leagues, Trestan Ebner saw seven rushing attempts in Montgomery’s absence. He could have deep league flex value as a change of pace option to Herbert in Week 4.

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