Bears RB David Montgomery 'improving every day' as he nears a return from knee injury


(670 The Score) Bears running back David Montgomery could be nearing a return to action.

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Montgomery suffered a knee sprain during the Bears' game on Oct. 3 at Soldier Field and was initially projected to have a four-week absence. He completed the three-week minimum stay on injured reserve last week.

"He's improving every day," Bears coach Matt Nagy said Monday.

The Bears would have to first designate Montgomery for a return to practice, something the team hasn't done just yet. Montgomery, 24, has rushed 69 times for 309 yards and three touchdowns in four games this season.

Montgomery's void has been filled primarily by rookie running back Khalil Herbert, who has carried 81 times for 351 yards and a touchdown this season.

The Bears lost veteran running back Damien Williams to a knee injury in their 33-22 loss to the 49ers on Sunday. On Monday, Nagy didn't have an update on Williams' status. Meanwhile, running back Tarik Cohen is continuing to work his way back from a torn ACL that he suffered last season. He has been present at practice, though the Bears haven't activated him from the physically-unable-to-perform list.

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The Bears are still awaiting further clarity on the status of safety Eddie Jackson, who suffered a right hamstring injury on the second play from scrimmage Sunday. Star pass rusher Khalil Mack is considered "day-to-day" with his foot injury, Nagy said. Mack sat out of the Bears' loss Sunday, which marked just the third game he had missed in his eight-year NFL career.

Mack wasn't placed on injured reserve last week, a move the Bears were considering. After a game at Pittsburgh next Monday, Chicago has a Week 10 bye week, perhaps leaving a return after that as the goal for Mack.

The Bears also lost tight end and key special teams player J.P. Holtz to a concussion Sunday.

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