GREEN BAY — Packers running back Ty
Montgomery will prepare this week as if he will play on Sunday against
the Dallas Cowboys.
His broken ribs might keep him out,
On the first play of the Packers' 35-14
victory over the Chicago Bears on Thursday night, Montgomery gained 5
yards before being tackled by linebacker Danny Trevathan. As Montgomery
and Trevathan hit the turf, defensive lineman Akiem Hicks fell on
"His knee was kind of lodged into my
ribs, and then the defensive tackle landed full body weight on
him," Montgomery said. "It was like a hammer-and-nail-type
situation. His knee was hammered into my ribcage."
Montgomery stayed in the game and carried
the ball four times in the next five plays before leaving the game.
"I'm going into this week as if I'm
going to play," Montgomery said on Tuesday.
Packers receiver Jordy Nelson suffered
broken ribs in last season's wild-card game victory over the New York
Giants. Nelson missed the divisional round victory at Dallas the
following week, but returned for the NFC championship game against
Atlanta wearing a flak jacket under his jersey.
Montgomery, who leads the team in rushing
and is second in receptions, said he hasn't talked to Nelson yet. He'll
also be talking to the training staff about wearing anything that could
provide some protection.
"I'm not willing to risk my overall
long-term health," he added. "But, at the end of the day, it's
going to be up to me."
Before Thursday night, Montgomery had
never played with broken ribs, though it's not his first time with
broken ribs. During the third quarter of the NFC title game loss to
Atlanta, Montgomery was knocked out with a rib injury following a hard
hit to the left side by Atlanta Falcons safety Keanu Neal.
The Packers lost Montgomery and
fourth-round rookie Jamaal Williams during the first half of the Chicago
game, with Williams leaving with a knee injury.
In their place, fifth-round rookie Aaron
Jones gained a team-high 49 yards on the first 13 carries of his career.
The other running back on the roster is rookie seventh-round pick
Devante Mays, who doesn't have an NFL carry.