Montgomery sits out game due to sickle cell trait

Posted at 6:16 PM, Oct 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-31 19:16:33-04

Sometimes sitting out of a football game doesn’t have to do with toughness.

Packers wide receiver Ty Montgomery says he believes symptoms - reported blood in his urine last week - are related to a genetic blood condition, sickle cell trait. He warmed up on the field in Atlanta prior to the game but was inactive due to precautionary reasons.
“I did everything that I could but we were working with the doctors and the trainers. We called around and did some research to try to figure out what was going on,” Montgomery said Monday. “That was the decision that was made.”

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website, sickle cell trait is when a person inherits just one sickle cell gene. It typically does show symptoms though dehydration and altitude variations can affect a person with SCT.

“Medically, we’re going to play on the high-side of caution when you get to these types of situations but he's doing great,” McCarthy said. “If you had asked Ty on Sunday if he could have played, he would have wanted to play. This is about gathering all the information and making the right decision.”

Montgomery has quickly emerged as a focal part of the Packers offense due to other injuries. Against the Bears on Thursday Night Football, the hybrid wide receiver/running back had 10 receptions for 66 yards to go along with 60 more yards on the ground with 9 carries.

Since learning of the presence of condition in his body recently, Montgomery seems optimistic about dealing with it and refocusing on football.

“To be honest, it wasn't scary,” he said. “It doesn't concern me. A lot of people have sickle cell trait and some of them don't even know so and not everybody experiences symptoms of it. I'm not concerned about anything.”