Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery sustained a groin injury in practice Wednesday that initially had some fearing for the worst.

But the news that returned Thursday was that Montgomery should be sidelined for only 2-4 weeks, per Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, which paves a path to him suiting up for Week 1 against the Detroit Lions.

Having crash-landed on the scene in 2019 as a rookie by carrying the ball 242 times for 889 yards and six touchdowns, Montgomery is in line to be the bell cow of the Bears' backfield this year. A multi-faceted back that also hauled in 25 receptions for 185 yards and a score (which came against the Lions in Week 13), Montgomery will be particularly imperative for Chicago as they continue to go through a quarterback battle during camp and have not yet announced officially who will be under center Week 1.

Should Montgomery's ailment keep him out of the equation for the longer side of his timeframe, Tarik Cohen would likely step into full-time running back duties. Used primarily as a pass-catching weapon and third-down back, Cohen has appeared in all 48 regular-season games since entering the league in 2017, having become a beacon of consistency even without down-by-down duties.

From a fantasy perspective, Montgomery's injury appears to have done little to affect his value. Being taken in the middle tier of runners, coy owners may get a boost from more unexperienced owners avoiding him due to his injury designation, even if it won't keep him out of the mix for long.