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Illness that kept Ty Montgomery out related to sickle cell trait

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FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2015, file photo, Green Bay Packers’ Ty Montgomery catches a touchdown pass during the first half an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams in Green Bay, Wis. As a rookie in 2015, Montgomery had some success in a change-of-pace look out of the backfield before an ankle injury in Week 6 sidelined him for the season. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke, File)


Cardinals wide receiver John Brown missed the team’s Week Seven tie with the Seahawks because of leg pain related to a sickle cell trait in his blood before returning to action against the Panthers on Sunday.

That news may be encouraging for Packers wide receiver Ty Montgomery. Montgomery did not play against the Falcons on Sunday after being listed as questionable and said Monday, via Rob Demovsky of, that a sickle cell trait was the cause of the symptoms that kept him on the sideline.

Montgomery said that doctors have told him that the issue isn’t a career threatening one and that he may be able to play against the Colts in Week Nine.

The absences of Montgomery and Randall Cobb opened up opportunities for Jeff Janis, Trevor Davis and Geronimo Allison against Atlanta. All three scored touchdowns, but the Falcons rallied for a 33-32 win that leaves the Packers with a 4-3 record heading into their game with Indianapolis.