Bears running back David Montgomery  carries the ball during their game Sunday against the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field in Chicago.
Bears running back David Montgomery carries the ball during their game Sunday against the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field in Chicago. — Mark Busch - mbusch@shawmedia.com

LOS ANGELES — David Montgomery is active for the Bears against the Los Angeles Rams Sunday night after popping up on his first NFL injury report this week with an ankle injury he sustained Wednesday in practice.

Montgomery, the Bears' leading rusher and top pick, returned to practice in a limited fashion Friday prior to getting a jersey Sunday night.

There are no surprises among the Bears' inactives: Duke Shelley, Isaiah Irving, Danny Trevathan, Alex Bars, Abdullah Anderson, Adam Shaheen and Riley Ridley. Only the rookies Shelley, Bars and Ridley, in addition to Anderson, are healthy scratches, as they've been most of the season.

Montgomery's predecessor, Jordan Howard, led the way for the Bears' best rushing performance of the season in the Week 14 win over the Rams last year. Coincidentally, on the same Sunday when Montgomery's status was up in the air for the first time, a stinger led to Howard missing his first game with the Eagles.

The 5-4 Rams, in a similarly desperate spot as the Bears, were already banged up entering Sunday with two starting offensive linemen, Brian Allen and Rob Havenstein, inactive in addition to starting WR Brandin Cooks. Although those players were ruled out early in the week, the Rams had one significant surprise among their inactives, second-leading receiver Robert Woods, who didn't appear on the week's injury report, per the Athletic's Rich Hammond.

Woods had a game-high seven catches for 61 yards in last season's meeting.