Jaylon Johnson, David Montgomery, Roquan Smith, Cairo Santos

With Montgomery unable to dress on Sunday, Khalil Herbert will serve as the Bears’ No. 1 running back. The 2021 sixth-round pick has excelled in each of his first two NFL seasons in that role after Montgomery was sidelined.

In four games last year from Weeks 5-8 when Montgomery was out with a knee injury, Herbert rushed for 344 yards, the fourth-most in the NFL in that span. After Montgomery left last week’s game against the Texans on the Bears’ second possession, Herbert ran for a career-high 157 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries.

When asked why he had faith in Herbert, Eberflus replied: “Just his story. You look at what he did last year…he did it. He’s a good player. is an exciting guy to watch.”

“He’s a hard worker,” Fields added. “Smart. When he comes into the game he’ll know what to do and he’s a hard runner. It’s hard to knock him down. He’s a great ball carrier.”

With Johnson inactive against the Texans, the Bears started Kindle Vildor and Kyler Gordon at cornerback, then moved Gordon inside for the nickel in passing situations, with Jaylon Jones replacing him at cornerback.

Jones, an undrafted rookie from Mississippi, recorded two tackles while playing 32 of 57 defensive snaps (54%). It was his first action on defense after having lined up exclusively on special teams in the first two games.

Asked what he would like to see from Jones on Sunday, Eberflus replied: “Just more consistency. We thought he had some really good shots, some really good cover shots. He did a good job in the running game…just more consistency really from him, but he’s had a good week of training.”

The Giants, meanwhile, will miss three of their top four receivers. Wan’Dale Robinson (knee) and Kadarius Toney (hamstring) were ruled out with injuries, while Sterling Shepard was placed on the injured list this week after suffering a torn ACL in Monday night’s loss to the Cowboys. Their only healthy starting receiver is Kenny Golladay.

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