Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery out vs. New York Giants due to knee, ankle injuries

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery has been ruled out for the team’s Week 4 game at the New York Giants.

Montgomery sustained injuries to his right knee and ankle in the first quarter of Chicago’s 23-20 win over the Houston Texans and did not return. He has not trained this week and has not been seen in rehab during the training sessions open to the media.

The Bears will once again turn to Khalil Herbert, a sophomore running back, in place of Montgomery. Herbert rushed 20 times for 157 yards and two touchdowns against the Texans and averaged 97 scrimmage yards and 22 touches a week during a four-game stretch that Montgomery was sidelined in 2021.

“He maybe didn’t have that many touches the first few weeks and now he’s coming out and ready to rock ‘n’ roll if he had the opportunity, he took it,” offensive coordinator Luke Getsy said Thursday. “It wasn’t like we blinked or thought of anything else, we think we have some special backs and Khalil is that. He’s one of our rocks and we’re lucky to have him.”

Chicago also ruled out cornerback Jaylon Johnson (square) and safety Dane Cruikshank (hamstring) for Sunday’s game.

Rookie wide receiver Velus Jones Jr., who this week admitted he suffered a setback with a hamstring injury he sustained during training camp, is listed as questionable for Week 4. Friday was the first day he fully participated in training all seasons. Jones missed Chicago’s first three games of the season and only played part of the Bears’ second preseason game in Seattle.

“We just hope he’s out there,” said special teams coordinator Richard Hightower. “We just hope he plays. And we usually adjust our schedule for anyone wearing a helmet. We don’t change many different things. There are some special things for some special players, but we follow the HITS principle, technique and fundamentals and we go play ball.”

Kicker Cairo Santos, who missed training on Thursday and Friday for personal reasons, is new to the injury list. Edge rusher Robert Quinn fell ill with an illness midweek and missed the final two days of practice. He is also listed as questionable along with linebacker Sterling Weatherford, who has an ankle injury.

Linebacker Roquan Smith does not carry an injury designation for the Giants’ game and was upgraded to full participation on Friday. He was limited for the first two days of the week with a quadriceps injury.

Both linebacker Matt Adams (hamstring) and tight end Ryan Griffin (Achilles) are listed as iffy.

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Emma Bowman

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