Veteran center Will Montgomery left early in Sunday’s 22-20 victory over the Oakland Raiders after Charles Leno, Jr. rolled up on his leg. Montgomery did not return to the game and it was later revealed that he suffered a broken fibula.
With Montgomery sidelined for the rest of the game and rookie Hroniss Grasu on the list of inactives, the Bears had to shuffle some players around. Matt Slauson moved from guard to center to snap the ball the rest of the game.
Slauson said after the game that he has only taken “about six” snaps at center in practice this season. Considering the relatively nonexistent practice he has accumulated, Slauson did an okay job in a pinch. He botched a snap that led to a fumble and he also nearly snapped one over Cutler’s head deep inside their own end of the field, but Slauson’s play was commendable.
The hope is that the rookie Grasu will be able to step in and take the reigns of the starting center position, but the Bears will be prepared to go with Slauson again or bring in someone off the street if Grasu is not yet ready.