Chicago Bears Week 4 vs Lions: The good, the bad, and the ugly

Eddie Goldman vs Lions (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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David Montgomery (Chicago Bears)
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Chicago Bears vs Detroit Lions (Week 4): The Ugly

Injuries are an ugly part of the game of football. Unfortunately, this bug has bitten some key players on both sides of the ball in Week 4. Defensive tackle Akiem Hicks, the team’s best defensive lineman, left the contest after the Bears’ first defensive play and didn’t return to action due to a groin injury. The other casualties were Montgomery and Williams.

Early in the fourth quarter, Montgomery went down with a left knee injury. As for Williams, he left the game with an injured quadriceps during the Chicago Bears’ final offensive drive and was replaced by rookie running back Khalil Herbert. The only good that can be said about all three players is that they walked off the field rather than being carted off. However, that can be misleading at times.

As of now, the severity of these injuries has yet to be determined. Losing any or all these players will be a huge blow to the Bears moving forward. Hicks is the heart and soul of Chicago’s defense, and his presence could be missed if not on the field. As for Montgomery, he is off to a great start to the 2021 campaign. The Iowa State product entered Week 4 as the NFL’s fifth-leading rusher.

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If Montgomery and Williams are unable to go next week against the Las Vegas Raiders, then Chicago’s backfield will be thin, to say the least. With Herbert potentially being the only healthy running back on the depth cart going into Week 4, Chicago will possibly have to bring up Ryan Nall from the practice squad and make major changes to the offensive game plan.