(670 The Score) The Bears are bracing for running back David Montgomery's absence, and their contingency plan included a trade Tuesday.
The Bears acquired receiver and returner Jakeem Grant from the Dolphins in exchange for a 2023 sixth-round pick, a source said.
Grant, 28, is expected to step in immediately as the Bears' kickoff returner, a role previously occupied by rookie running back Khalil Hebert. With Montgomery expected to miss at least four weeks with a left knee sprain, the Bears are preparing for Herbert to step into a more prominent role in their backfield -- and are moving him out of the returner position as a result.
In parts of six seasons with the Dolphins, Grant has averaged 24.8 yards on 80 kickoff returns to go with two touchdowns. He also has averaged 9.7 yards on 101 punt returns with three touchdowns. In a corresponding move Tuesday, the Bears waived Nsimba Webster, who had served as their punt returner for the first four games this season. He had returned four punts for 13 yards.
Montgomery suffered his injury during the fourth quarter of a 24-14 win against the Lions on Sunday. Further examinations confirmed he suffered a sprain of his left knee, ESPN reported Tuesday. The Bears signed running back Artavis Pierce to their practice squad Tuesday in another roster move.
Bears backup running back Damien Williams is also dealing with a quad injury, which he suffered Sunday. On Monday, the team was still working through further examinations to determine whether Williams will miss time, coach Matt Nagy said.
If Williams is deemed healthy, he would be "the guy" at running back, Nagy said.
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