Goes on COVID-19 list The Saints will place Montgomery on the reserve/COVID-19 list after he tested positive for the virus Thursday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Impact Though Yates' report indicates that Montgomery hasn't immediately been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Jets, given the timing of the 28-year-old's positive test, he's highly unlikely to clear the necessary protocols in advance of the Saints' 1 p.m. ET kickoff for Week 14. His expected absence comes at a particularly unwelcome time, as Montgomery had just started to carve out more work on offense in a hybrid running back/receiver role. Though Alvin Kamara's (knee) expected return from a four-game absence Sunday likely would have limited his opportunities as a ball carrier moving forward, Montgomery looked like a leading candidate to earn a regular spot in three-receiver sets alongside Tre'Quan Smith and Marquez Callaway with Deonte Harris set to begin serving a three-game suspension this week. Lil'Jordan Humphrey (hamstring) now looks to be the next man up at receiver in place of Montgomery, who totaled nine receptions for 40 yards on 14 targets between the past two weeks.
DECEMBER 9, 2021 • ROTOWIRE