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Bears RB David Montgomery at practice after missing game with concussion

Montgomery suffered the head injury late in the Bears’ 24-17 loss to the Titans on Nov. 8.

David Montgomery led a remarkably strong rushing performance by the Bears in Week 1.
Bears running back David Montgomery carries the ball against the Lions in the season opener.
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Bears running back David Montgomery was present during the period of practice open to reporters Monday, indicating he’s been cleared from concussion protocol and able to play Sunday. Coach Matt Nagy, though, wouldn’t get into medical specifics.

The Bears don’t have to submit an injury report until Wednesday.

Montgomery suffered the head injury late in the Bears’ 24-17 loss to the Titans on Nov. 8. He did not practice during the lead up to the Bears’ game against the Vikings a week ago, and did not play. The Bears leaned on Cordarrelle Patterson on running plays, but sprinkled in touches for backups Lamar Miller, Ryan Nall and Artavis Pierce.

Montgomery has 131 carries for 472 yards. He’s been the focal point of an ineffective rushing attack; only one other Bears player — Patterson— has more than 14 carries this season.

Wednesday, running backs coach Charles London said Montgomery told him that he learned something from being forced to watch the Bears-Vikings game on television.

“He was telling me how he kind of saw it from a different perspective watching on TV,” London said. ‘But I know he’s excited to get back out there and you know i know he’s trending in the right direction so hopefully we get him back for Green Bay.”