David Montgomery was productive in the Detroit Lions‘ season-opening win against the Kansas City Chiefs and was off to a good start in Week 2. But the veteran running back suffered an injury against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. What happened to Montgomery, and what’s the latest on his health situation?
David Montgomery Injury Update
Montgomery came up limping after making a catch during the third quarter of Sunday’s action. He had to be helped to the Lions’ bench and couldn’t put very much weight on his right leg.
Montgomery appeared to be in quite a bit of pain as Detoit’s training staff tried to work on his right leg.
Looks like trainers are working on David Montgomery's right knee – they're wrapping it right now
— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) September 17, 2023
The Lions’ medical staff eventually wrapped Montgomery’s right knee. He was then carted to the locker room.
Detroit has since announced Montgomery has a thigh injury and is questionable to return against the Seahawks.
#Lions Injury Update:
RB David Montgomery, Thigh, Questionable
— Detroit Lions PR (@LionsPR) September 17, 2023
After the game, head coach Dan Campbell told reporters that Montgomery is likely dealing with a thigh bruise. He’ll be further evaluated on Monday.
Montgomery suggested that his injury could take “a couple weeks” to heal, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
Montgomery had taken 16 carries for 67 yards and a touchdown before departing. With the veteran sidelined, the Lions will turn over their backfield to first-round rookie Jahmyr Gibbs.
Montgomery, 26, spent the first four seasons of his career with the Chicago Bears before inking a three-year, $18 million deal with Detroit this offseason.
Fantasy Fallout From Montgomery’s Injury
Montgomery got his leg twisted on a sideline reception in the second quarter. He got up and limped to the sideline. Shortly thereafter, Montgomery was shown on his back getting his leg worked on.
With Montgomery out, it was Jahmyr Gibbs on every subsequent snap. If Montgomery misses time, we will likely see Craig Reynolds mix in. But make no mistake about it — this will be Gibbs’ backfield. Look for Gibbs to see a heavy increase in work for as long as Montgomery is sidelined.
— PFN Fantasy Analyst Jason Katz