Bears' David Montgomery Trending Toward Playing In Opener

"He bounced back off of that so fast, it’s like it never happened," Tarik Cohen says.
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(670 The Score) Bears coach Matt Nagy on Wednesday was intentionally vague when asked about the status of starting running back David Montgomery, who has been hampered by a groin injury ahead of Chicago's season opener at Detroit on Sunday.

"David Montgomery is going to have a hell of a stretch practice today," Nagy said with a smile.

Running back Tarik Cohen was less than mum when asked about Montgomery.

"I feel like the injury was a bigger deal in the media than it really was here," Cohen said. "He bounced back off of that so fast, it’s like it never happened. He’s already back doing the things you love to see him doing, running hard and just making that first person have a tough day tackling him. I just see him having a great year this year."

Montgomery was officially listed as limited in practice Wednesday as part of the team's first injury report of the season. But signs are pointing toward Montgomery taking the field Sunday. The Bears didn't sign a running back to bolster their depth chart, leaving only Cohen, Ryan Nall and converted receiver Cordarrelle Patterson behind Montgomery, who suffered the groin injury in practice on Aug. 26 as he slipped in a non-contact drill. The expected timetable for his return was set at two to four weeks, NFL Media reported.

Montgomery is set to be the Bears' lead running back after rushing for 889 yards and six touchdowns last season.

"He's worked really hard," Nagy said. "From last year to this year, rookie year to now, he's been doing everything the right way. He's such a good kid. You want the best for him."

Montgomery (groin), edge rusher Khalil Mack (knee), receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (knee), offensive lineman Jason Spriggs (knee) and receiver Javon Wims (achilles) were all listed as limited on the Bears' injury report Wednesday. Edge rusher Robert Quinn (ankle) didn't practice.

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.