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The Lions and RB David Montgomery reached an agreement on a three-year, $18 million contract (with $11 million guaranteed) late on Tuesday evening. The long-time Bear will be moving across the NFC North and running behind a Lions offensive line that ranked 7th in Football Outsiders' adjusted line yards in 2022. Montgomery is more than capable of shouldering a sizeable workload as well, as he's handled 200+ carries in each of his four professional seasons to date. A logical conclusion to draw from this signing is that free agent RB Jamaal Williams is unlikely to return to the Lions at this point. We'll keep an eye out for news regarding where he lands. Where this situation gets dicey is how it potentially affects RB D'Andre Swift, who posted a career-low in touches (147) in 2022 after battling through yet another season of nagging injuries. Couple this Montgomery contract with a subpar injury history, and we may be looking at a significant dynasty value loss for a former NFL second round pick in Swift. He's already starting to slip down our dynasty RB rankings.

Bears RB David Montgomery carried just 6 times for 24 yards in Sunday's loss to the Lions. He added 2 catches for 12 targets, with Chicago completing only 7 passes all game. It was a particularly disappointing performance for the whole offense a week after Detroit allowed 527 total yards to the Panthers. RB Khalil Herbert also factored in for 5-31 rushing. Chicago faces Minnesota in Week 18, a matchup that afforded Montgomery just 12-20-1 rushing in Week 5, but also 4 catches for 62 yards.

The forecast for today's Bills-Bears game calls for temperatures in the single digits, wind chill below zero and winds of 20-25 mph with gusts of 35-40 mph. Not quite as bad as what we're seeing in Cleveland -- but pretty ugly. We've adjusted our projections for this game to account for the weather.

Bears RB Khalil Herbert (hip) will be designated to return from IR and practice this week. HC Matt Eberflus hinted last week that Herbert was on track to return for Week 16's meeting with the Bills. He averaged 9.3 carries and 54 rushing yards over his last 6 games alongside David Montgomery but totaled just 2 targets during that stretch. Herbert ranked 28th among RBs in non-PPR points across those 6 weeks; 31st in PPR. He's worth owning in most fantasy leagues -- but more as a Montgomery handcuff than Week 16 starter. Herbert's return is a slight ding to Montgomery's fantasy value.

Bears RB David Montgomery scored a TD rushing and another receiving in Sunday's loss to the Eagles. He took 12 carries for 53 yards (4.4 per rush) and caught all 3 of his targets for 38 yards. Montgomery next faces a Bills defense that got run over by Raheem Mostert on Saturday night. then comes a rematch with the Lions, who only allowed Montgomery 44 total yards on 9 carries and 1 catch in Week 10. The team expects Khalil Herbert to come off IR in Week 16, which will affect Montgomery's outlook.

Bears RB Khalil Herbert (hip) is on track to come off IR when first eligible next week. "He’s getting ready to go,” HC Matt Eberflus said Monday. “He’s been hitting his max speeds. His jumps look good, and the power in his legs look great. So, we’re excited about that." Herbert averaged 11.3 carries over his last 4 games, so he could be useful in deeper non-PPR leagues down the stretch. He, of course, is also the David Montgomery handcuff once healthy.

Bears RB David Montgomery ran for 61 yards and a TD on 14 carries in Sunday's loss to the Packers. Darrynton Evans handled the team's only 3 other RB carries. Montgomery drew all 5 backfield targets, catching 4 for 6 yards.

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Bears QB Justin Fields (shoulder) is inactive for today’s game vs. the Jets. He got in 3 limited practices this week, so we’ll see if he can get cleared for Week 13. QB Trevor Siemian makes his 30th career start today. He owns a 59% completion rate and 6.6 yards-per-attempt average. Chicago figures to throw it at least a bit more with Siemian under center, but we wouldn’t consider this an upgrade for anyone on the offense.

Bears RB David Montgomery matched a season-high with 17 carries in a Week 11 loss at Atlanta. He notched 3.9 YPC and 1 TD, which was setup by a defensive holding call. Montgomery added 3 catches for 54 yards through the air, with a big chunk coming on a beautiful downfield pass by Justin Fields. Rookie Trestan Ebner mixed in for 6 carries (0 targets), but he managed just 1.3 YPC. With Khalil Herbert set to miss at least 3 more games, Montgomery will remain a solid RB2 going forward. Next up is a road date with the Jets.

The Bears have placed RB Khalil Herbert on IR for the hip injury that knocked him out of Sunday's loss to the Lions. With rookie Tristan Ebner now the only other healthy RB on the roster, David Montgomery should be set up for plenty of work over at least the next 4 weeks, starting with a terrific matchup against the Falcons this week. We'll see about the expected return timeline for Herbert.

Bears RB Khalil Herbert beat David Montgomery by 1 carry and 20 yards in Sunday's 31-30 loss to the Lions. Herbert rushed 10 times for 57 yards, while Montgomery went for 37 yards on 9 attempts. Montgomery drew the only target between them, catching it for 7 yards. A Week 11 trip to Atlanta presents positive conditions for both players, though QB Justin Fields' rushing rebirth has lowered the ceiling for the RBs.

Bears RB Khalil Herbert played less than half of David Montgomery's snaps in Sunday's loss to the Cowboys. But he beat the starter by 1 carry and crushed him in rushing production. Herbert took 16 carries for 99 yards and a TD (6.2 yards per rush). Montgomery carried 15 times for 53 yards (3.5). Montgomery did dominate the backfield receiving work, catching all 3 targets for 22 yards. Herbert went without a target. That's 2 straight weeks for Herbert running close to Montgomery in touches, both productive weeks for the offense. It appears we should bet on the elevated role continuing for Herbert, who looks like at least a RB3 even with Montgomery in the lineup.

Bears HC Matt Eberflus said Wednesday that he'll continue deploying a committee backfield with RBs David Montgomery and Khalil Herbert. Montgomery out-snapped Herbert just 56% to 41% in Monday night's win over the Patriots. Montgomery finished with 15 carries and 0 targets to Herbert's 12 carries and 2 targets. "We're going to continue to do that," Eberflus said. "Going to continue to use both of those guys." A committee backfield in a low-scoring offense is obviously rough for fantasy production. We're treating Montgomery as a RB3 and Herbert as a RB4 for now.

After missing Week 4 with ankle and knee injuries, Bears RB David Montgomery returned to reclaim the backfield in Sunday's loss to the Vikings. He played 36 snaps to 14 for Khalil Herbert and just 1 for rookie Trestan Ebner. Montgomery led Herbert 18-7 in routes, according to Pro Football Focus, and claimed 75% of RB rushing attempts. He gained only 20 yards on those 12 carries but scored from 9 yards out. Montgomery added a team-high 62 receiving yards on 4 catches. Only WR Darnell Mooney edged him in targets (5). TE Cole Kmet was the only other Bear to exceed 2 receptions. Herbert gained just 11 yards on 4 carries and saw 0 targets.

Bears RB David Montgomery (ankle) is active for today’s game vs. the Vikings. He got in limited practices on Thursday and Friday after missing Week 4. We’re projecting Montgomery to return as Chicago’s lead back, but he carries more risk than usual coming off the ankle injury.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Bears RB David Montgomery (ankle) is "optimistic" about playing today against the Vikings. These reports almost always come across as "expected" or "not expected" to play, so the wording here seems to indicate a bit less confidence in Montgomery's status. We wouldn't be surprised if an active Montgomery gets less than his usual workload -- especially with Khalil Herbert running well and the Bears heavy underdogs on the road. If Montgomery is active, this looks like a backfield to try to avoid. We will keep our RB rankings updated throughout the morning.

Update: ESPN's Adam Schefter hears that Montgomery "plans to play against the Vikings barring any pregame setbacks."

Bears RB David Montgomery (ankle) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game vs. the Vikings. He got in limited practices on Thursday and Friday. HC Matt Eberflus said Friday that everything is "real positive" with Montgomery, so it sounds like he has a shot to return for Sunday’s game. We’ll look for an update on the situation Sunday morning and will get Chicago’s inactives around 11:30 am ET.

Bears RB David Montgomery (ankle) returned to a limited practice on Thursday -- his 1st since going down early in Week 3. It gives Montgomery a chance to play against the Vikings on Sunday. We should have a better idea of his status when we get Chicago's final injury report tomorrow afternoon.

Bears RB David Montgomery (ankle) did not practice on Wednesday. At this point, we're assuming that Montgomery will miss this weekend's game vs. the Vikings. But we'll see if he's able to get back on the practice field tomorrow.

Bears RB David Montgomery (ankle, knee) is out for Sunday’s game vs. the Giants. We’ll see if he can make it back for Week 5, but it’ll be the Khalil Herbert Show in Chicago’s backfield this weekend. Herbert averaged 19.5 carries and 2.5 targets in 4 games without Montgomery last year.

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