Injured Ty Montgomery appears close to return for Packers

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Injured Green Bay Packers running back Ty Montgomery has a chance to play Sunday at Minnesota.

Montgomery was listed as full participant for a second straight day Thursday while wearing a flak jacket to protect broken ribs sustained against Chicago on Sept. 28. The practice Thursday was the lone padded workout of the week and a key in determining his availability.

“I played with one in high school,” Montgomery said. “It’s very normal. A flak jacket is very normal. It’s not in the way or anything.”

Montgomery said he “felt fine” after getting hit a couple times.

“Based on what we’ve seen in practice, I think he can” play, running backs coach Ben Sirmans said Thursday night. “They have equipment now that can basically absorb any type of impact. Based on what he’s done the past two days, I would say that he’s moving around and it seems like he could play.

Left tackle David Bakhtiari was limited participation for a second consecutive day with a hamstring injury that has kept him out for the past four games. His return would be important against Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen, who leads the NFL with six sacks and has four sacks in the past four games against Green Bay.

If Bakhtiari plays, the Packers would have their first-string offensive line together for the first time this season.

“The biggest thing is when I go back out there to stay out there,” Bakhtiari said. “That’s the most important thing and make sure that I add to the team and don’t hinder us at all. The second it’s good enough, we’re going to give …read more


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