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David Montgomery officially activated for Monday Night Football in Week 9

We break down the news that David Montgomery will return in Week 9

David Montgomery #32 of the Chicago Bears runs for a touchdown against the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field on October 03, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Lions 24-14. Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Game day update: Montgomery has been officially activated from I.R. and will play tonight against the Steelers, per Adam Schefter.

Game day update: Montgomery will be activated from I.R. and play tonight on Monday Night Football, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Beard head coach Matt Nagy said this was likely, but Montgomery appears to be locked in now. Khalil Herbert will lose work, but probably has earned himself more touches after his strong play.

Update: According to Nagy, Montgomery has “a good chance” to play Monday against the Steelers. Chicago has until Monday to activate him, so there’s no telling exactly when the move will be made. It looks like Khalil Herbert will still have a role in the offense, although Montgomery should get some touches here and there.

Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy announced on Thursday that RB David Montgomery has been designated to return from injured reserve, per Field Yates. The 24-year-old was placed on injured back on Week 5 with a knee injury.

Fantasy football implications

Since Montgomery has been on IR, the Bears have leaned on the running back tandem of Damien Williams and rookie Khalil Herbert. Between the two running backs, Herbert has shined in the last four games for Chicago.

The former Virginia Tech running back has 351 yards on 81 carries and touchdown. In last last week’s game against the San Francisco 49ers, Herbert had 72 yards on 23 carries and scored 8.8 fantasy points. Herbert is in line for another start on Monday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers. But when Montgomery returns, which might happen after the Week 10 bye, we should expect to see Herbert relegated to a RB2 role. Montgomery was averaging 17.3 carries per games this season.