Lions Running Back David Montgomery's Thigh Injury May Result in Time Off
The Detroit Lions suffered a loss in their home opener against the Seattle Seahawks, and now face injuries to key players, including David Montgomery. Montgomery may have to sit out for a couple of weeks due to a thigh bruise, leaving the Lions without their dynamic running game. The team will need to adjust their offensive strategy in his absence as they prepare to face the Atlanta Falcons.
The Detroit Lions suffered a disappointing loss in their home opener against the Seattle Seahawks, with a final score of 37-31. Unfortunately, the game was just the beginning of their troubles as several key players sustained injuries that could potentially keep them off the field for a significant amount of time. One such player is David Montgomery.
Montgomery has been a crucial player for the Lions in the running game throughout the first two games of the season. While the team has been gradually introducing Jahymr Gibbs to the NFL, Montgomery has been the driving force behind their ground attack. However, a thigh bruise injury has put his playing status in jeopardy for the next few weeks, as reported by Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. The injury occurred while Montgomery was attempting to gain more yards but ended up getting tangled up in the process.
Prior to his injury, Montgomery had been having a strong game, rushing for 67 yards and scoring a touchdown. His ability to navigate between the tackles and put the Lions in favorable down and distance situations was sorely missed after he left the game. The team had to rely on Craig Reynolds and Gibbs to fill the void, but they failed to replicate Montgomery's production.
Gibbs, who is not known for his bruising running style, was primarily utilized in the receiving game. However, he had a crucial drop that impacted the team's offensive momentum. Reynolds also struggled, managing only seven yards on three carries. While it's possible that Halapoulivaati Vaitai's injury played a role in the offensive struggles, the absence of Montgomery was the most noticeable difference.
Moving forward, it will be intriguing to see if the Lions decide to bring up Zonovan Knight from the practice squad. However, the primary focus should be on offensive coordinator Ben Johnson and how he plans to adjust the team's offensive scheme without Montgomery. Gibbs has a completely different style of play compared to Montgomery, and the Lions may need him to adapt quickly. The team's next challenge will be facing the Atlanta Falcons, who recently defeated the Green Bay Packers and currently hold a 2-0 record for the season.