Last week against the Chicago Bears, wide receiver Ty Montgomery had the game of his life.
Filling in at running back for the injury ridden Packers, Montgomery finished the game with 10 receptions for 66 yards receiving and added 60 yards rushing for a 6.7 yards-per-carry average. The game had people penciling Montgomery in a running back for Green Bay for the rest of the season.
Unfortunately for the Packers though, that recipe won’t happen this week. According to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky, Montgomery is expected to miss Green Bay’s game this week against the Atlanta Falcons with an illness.
Ultimately the illness is not serious and is not expected to keep him out for the long-term, but it is enough to keep him from playing against the Falcons this week.
Making matters even worse for the Packers, wide receiver Randall Cobb will also miss the game with a hamstring issue.
Cobb, who has also been playing running back for Green Bay since the injury to Eddie Lacy, was apparently fine and looked ready to go as recently as Wednesday this week. He did not mention an injury during a session with reporters on Wednesday, but he was a surprise member of the injury report and did not practice on Thursday. Shortly afterward, it was discovered that he would miss the game against Atlanta with a lingering hamstring problem.
With both Cobb and Montgomery out, the Packers will now rely on the newly acquire Knile Davis and former practice squad member Don Jackson to carry the load at running back.