Johnny Knox May Miss 2012 Season With Back Injury

Johnny Knox is on the road to recovery, but may miss the 2012 season with a back injury. For more on the Bears, visit Bears blog Windy City Gridiron.

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Knox unlikely to play again

Former Chicago Bears wide receiver Johnny Knox is unlikely to ever play football again, according to the Chicago Tribune.


Johnny Knox Could Miss Bears' Entire 2012 Season

Late in the 2011 NFL season, Chicago Bears wide receiver Johnny Knox suffered a serious back injury in a game against the Seattle Seahawks. As you can see in this video, Knox went down at just the right angle when defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove was lowering himself to make the tackle. This led to Knox, who's small for even an NFL receiver, to be literally be bent in half.

Knox immediately went to the hospital and needed surgery to stabilize his back. While doctors have said Knox should be able to resume his NFL career in time, it looks as if the wide receiver could miss the 2012 NFL season. He wants to take his time and make sure he recovers properly.

‘‘It could happen, but I'm staying optimistic,'' Knox told the Chicago Sun Times about missing the season. ‘‘My main focus is in the weight room. I'm not in a rush. This is my spine, the core of my body I'm dealing with. It's not my knee, ankle or shoulder. I'm taking my time.''

While recovering from the surgery Knox told the Sun Times that he lost about 30 pounds, which would put him at around 155-160 pounds based on his listed weight of 185. Knox also said that he has done some jogging, but no route running, and has began to do light weightlifting to rebuild muscle in his body.

Knox was second in the NFL with 19.6 yards per catch last season and at the time of the injury he had 37 receptions for a team-leading 727 yards and two touchdowns

For more on Knox and the Bears, be sure to check out the SB Nation blog Windy City Gridiron.


Johnny Knox's Season Over After Back Injury; 3-4 Month Recovery Ahead

Johnny Knox underwent back surgery Monday, and has been ruled out for the season by Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith. Knox absorbed a punishing hit against the Seattle Seahawks while diving for a fumble that bent him backwards and sent him off the field in the stretcher. Despite the scary scene and the wideout's prognosis for the season, Smith was optimistic that Knox would recover.

"He has been in surgery to stabilize his vertebrae," Smith said. "He's out, of course, this year. But just looking to the future, it looks bright for him, of course, to play and to get back out there. So we're encouraged by that."

If all goes well in surgery, Knox could make a recovery in three to four months. Doctors will be looking to repair a cracked facet joint caused by the hit from defensive tackle Anthony Hargrove. Smith refused to call the hit dirty when pressed.

"No, I can't say that. The guy was playing hard. An unfortunate play. It's a violent sport. ... You don't see hits like that very often. I can't say that it was dirty or anything like that."

Knox had 37 catches for 727 yards and two touchdowns on the season. With Sam Hurd off the team due to drug trafficking charges and Devin Hester nicked up, the Bears suddenly find themselves woefully thin at receiver.

For more on Knox and the Bears, be sure to check out the SB Nation blog Windy City Gridiron.


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Johnny Knox Injury Update: Back Surgery Needed For Bears WR

Johnny Knox will have surgery to stabilize his lower back on Monday after a scary hit left him motionless on the turf during Sunday's matchup between the Chicago Bears and Seattle Seahawks. Knox was taken from a field on the cart and transported to a local hospital after the hit for further tests and observation. It was later determined that surgery was needed to stabilize his back, which was bent at a horrific angle during a freak collision early in Sunday's game.

There is good news for Knox, however. Despite the injury and forthcoming back injury, his prognosis appears to be good at this point.

He has a "positive prognosis for his career and quality of life," according to the Bears. The surgery is scheduled for Monday.

"He has total movement throughout his body, has total use of all his extremities, which is good," coach Lovie Smith said. "We're doing tests right now. He has total movement. He's not paralyzed or anything."


The injury will keep Knox away from football activities for at least a month, if not more.

For more on the Bears, visit Windy City Gridiron.


Johnny Knox Injury: Bears Wideout Getting MRI, Could Be Hospitalized Overnight

The back injury that Chicago Bears wide receiver Johnny Knox sustained against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday was terrifying to see. Happily, though, it seems that Knox will be just fine: the Chicago Tribune's Vaughn McClure reports that Knox is getting an MRI and could be hospitalized overnight, but also that "he's expected to be OK."

That news follows an earlier report from FOX Sports' Jaime Maggio, who reported that Knox had a low back injury but was able to move all his extremities.

Knox' status for future games is to be determined, but the simple fact that that can be one of the things fans can worry about with Knox is promising. Knox' Bears may not have more than two more games in 2011, though: they fell to the Seahawks, 7-7, and lost a significant amount of ground in the NFC wild card chase.

For more on the Bears, visit Windy City Gridiron.


VIDEO: Johnny Knox Injured, Taken To Hospital Following Hit

Chicago Bears wide receiver Johnny Knox suffered a head and neck injury in the first quarter of a game against the Seattle Seahawks. Knox had a head-on collision with a Seattle defender that bent him backwards. After lying on the field in front of a stunned, silent crowd at Soldier Field, he was carted off on a stretcher. He was able to move his hands as he was carted off, but it's too early to determine the extent of his injury.

Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune is reporting that Knox has a mid back injury and is being taken to a hospital for further evaluation. He will not return to the game.

Quarterback Caleb Hanie completed a 17- yard pass to Knox who fumbled when he was hit by Seahawks rookie safety Kam Chancellor. As he dove for the ball, Seattle defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove collided with Knox, bending his head and neck backwards, in one of the more horrific looking injuries seen on the field this season.

Seattle scored a touchdown on the possession that resulted from the fumble.


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