Rodgers carries Packers to rout Bears but lose key players to injuries

Green Bay Packers' Ty Montgomery is hit by Chicago Bears' Leonard Floyd during the first half of an NFL football game Thursday Sept. 28 2017 in Green Bay Wis

Green Bay Packers' Ty Montgomery is hit by Chicago Bears' Leonard Floyd during the first half of an NFL football game Thursday Sept. 28 2017 in Green Bay Wis

Montgomery was off to a strong start with 28 yards on five carries in the first six plays from scrimmage before he left in the first quarter with the injury.

Earlier, the Packers lost Montgomery on their first drive Thursday due to broken ribs.

Backup running back Jamaal Williams departed in the second quarter with a left knee injury. While Montgomery is a converted wide receiver, he tallied 457 rushing yards and three touchdowns on the ground a year ago and helped bolster what was otherwise an uninspiring ground game after Eddie Lacy's injury.

The Green Bay Packers can exhale a bit as running back Ty Montgomery is not as seriously injured as believed following Thursday night's victory over the Chicago Bears, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

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Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Friday that Montgomery would approach next week as if he were playing in Dallas. In the end, we'll have a better bearing on his ability to suit up once the Packers release their first Week 5 injury report Wednesday. Williams is more of a between the tackles back.

Keep an eye on him when waivers hit this week. If he delivers on his potential and slides into Green Bay's starting running back spot, he can serve as a formidable second or third running back option in plenty of fantasy leagues.

Green Bay felt confident enough in his improvement at the position that it installed him as its lead back for 2017, with just a pair of rookie rushers behind him.

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