Chicago Bears starting center Will Montgomery fractured the fibula in his left leg yesterday. According to the Chicago Tribune, the injury will require surgery, which means Montgomery will soon be placed on injured reserve and will miss the remainder of the 2015 campaign.
Montgomery was injured on the third play of the game against the Raiders after left tackle Charles Leno fell on his leg. Montgomery signed a one-year deal this past off-season to replace Roberto Garza and had played well through the first three-plus contests.
The Bears drafted former Oregon center Hroniss Grasu this year but he's been inactive all season. Grasu showed in training camp and the preseason that he's nowhere near ready to be the starter.
Even Matt Slauson, who filled in for Montgomery at center against the Raiders, said the team should consider signing a veteran.
"I'm happy to step in as needed but if this turns out to be a long-term thing, the team might look for a center," Slauson said after the Week 4 victory.
Former Bears center Brian de la Puente is still available and could be a short-term option to replace Montgomery. And if it comes down to it, maybe the club again will call on Garza, who, despite being 36, played fairly well last year.