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Around the NFL: Bears coach leaves open QB change; Ty Montgomery's rib injury not as severe as initially thought

Here's a look at stories from around the league on Saturday, Sept. 30.

1. Are the Bears considering a QB switch? 

Every subpar game from Bears QB Mike Glennon leads to louder calls for rookie Mitch Trubisky, who had a strong preseason after being selected second overall. Bears coach John Fox certainly left the door open to a switch following his team's Thursday night loss and even admitted to leaving the situation intentionally vague.

"I'm not really trying to be clear," Fox said. "Actually, quite the opposite. But we're evaluating every day."

2. Packers RB Ty Montgomery's rib injury may be less severe than initially thought. 

The Packers said Montgomery left Thursday night's game due to broken ribs, a painful injury that could keep him out several weeks. But follow-up tests seem to have given the Packers a better diagnosis than initially feared: According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Montgomery could play in next week's game against Dallas and should be considered day-to-day.

"Really, every injury is different," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. "We're talking about injuries that the specifics of it are different, where exactly it's located, type of equipment and definitely the position that you play. I really don't have a clear answer on exactly what Ty is dealing with and how he can move forward.

"I know today the conversation with the trainers, as far as his conversation with the trainers, he's preparing to get ready to play in Dallas. That's really what this weekend is for. Tuesday we'll really get our hands around it, and obviously, we'll get you the injury information on Wednesday."

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3. The NFL didn't fine players for staying in the locker room during the national anthem. 

According to ProFootballTalk, the league apparently chose to look the other way on a rule that says players must be on the field for the national anthem.

A source confirmed to PFT that no fines were issued for that violation. "League rules do not require players to stand, but the rules do say players are to be on the field when the anthem is played," Michael David Smith wrote.

4. The Patriots are expecting to get LB Dont'a Hightower back. 

Here's a weird, early-season quirk: While the Patriots have the league's No. 1 offense at 440.7 yards per game, their defense ranks dead last, allowing 461.0 yards per game.

But their defense should get some help this weekend, with linebacker Dont'a Hightower expected to return to the lineup, the Boston Herald reported. Hightower has been out since suffering a knee sprain in Week One.

5. What's wrong with the Steelers' offense? 

The Steelers have all the offensive firepower you ask for in Antonio Brown, Le'Veon Bell and Ben Roethlisberger. They were great last season – why can't they figure it out this years?

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks, a former player and scout, dug into the issue.

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