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More trouble for Bears’ running game as David Montgomery exits

Montgomery left in the fourth quarter and was checked for a concussion. He did not return.

Montgomery has 472 yards and a touchdown as a runner this season.
For the Sun-Times

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — As if the Bears didn’t have enough trouble trying to run the ball, starting running back David Montgomery exited with a possible concussion in the fourth quarter of their 24-17 loss to the Titans on Sunday.

The team said Montgomery was being evaluated for a concussion, and he did not return for the final possession. Matt Nagy did not address his status in a brief post-game press conference.

Montgomery ran for just 30 yards on 14 carries, and the Bears had one of their worst games of the season with 56 yards at a rate of 2.8 yards per rush. Their best run, by far, was outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo’s 11-yard gain on a fake punt early in the second quarter.

It was the fifth time in the last six games the Bears rushed for fewer than 65 yards. They went into Sunday 31st in yards per game (85.6) and 28th in yards per carry (3.8).

Montgomery has 472 yards and a touchdown on 131 carries. If he’s out, converted wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson is next. He ran three times for 13 yards and is averaging three yards per carry.

The only other running backs on the roster are Ryan Nall and undrafted rookie Artavis Pierce. The Bears also have former Pro Bowler Lamar Miller on their practice squad.

The Bears were already down running back Tarik Cohen, who tore his ACL in Week 3 and is out for the season.