Bears Part Ways With Johnny Knox

Bears release wideout Johnny Knox

Knox underwent spinal fusion surgery to stabilize his fractured vertebra on Dec. 19, 2011, and the initial prognosis was that it would take approximately six months just to recover enough for him to begin rehabilitation for a return to the football field. The injury was more severe than originally anticipated, and it was later discovered Knox suffered from some nerve damage. When the Bears convened at Halas Hall last spring for workouts, it became clear Knox would face a difficult recovery. Knox admitted to losing 30 pounds of muscle, and the nerve damage caused the receiver to walk gingerly. Throughout the 2012 season Knox appeared to have regained some of the muscle had had lost, but he still wasn’t yet walking normally, which led to doubt about whether he’d ever return to form as one of the club’s speedier receivers.

Coach Lovie Smith told reporters that “Johnny has total movement throughout his body. … He is not paralyzed or anything like that. Johnny Knox (Associated Press) A positive outcome might not have seemed likely immediately after the scary, freak injury. Neel Anand, director of Orthopaedic Spine Surgery at the Cedars-Sinai Spine Center in Los Angeles, told Sean Jensen that he was encouraged by the news that Knox could move his limbs. Neurologically, he’s completely fine, Anand said ( via the Chicago Sun-Times ). The only thing left is the nature of the stability. Anand said the most common injury, based on the nature of the collision, occurs at the junction of the thoracic and lumbar curvatures. Doctors will be looking to determine whether Knox has suffered unstable or potentially unstable fracture. Surgeons most likely will stabilize the fracture with screws and rods. If it’s an innocuous fracture, and all he needs is screws and rods, he could come back in three to six months, Anand said. Anand told the Sun-Times that full movement bodes well for Knox.

Johnny Knox: Bears say prognosis for career, quality of life is positive

He has total movement. He’s not paralyzed or anything.” NFL : Week 15 Knox had just caught a pass from Caleb Hanie about four minutes into Sunday’s game when Kam Chancellor poked the ball out of his hands. As Knox made a diving attempt to retrieve the ball, he was hit by Anthony Hargrove and got bent backward. He stayed down for close to 10 minutes while being tended to by medical personnel. The Seahawks’ Earl Thomas recovered the fumble at the Chicago 22. After getting loaded onto the cart, Knox moved his arms and raised his fist in the air, CBS Chicago’s Adam Hoge reports . The injury to Knox was another blow for a team that lost Jay Cutler (broken thumb) and Matt Forte (sprained knee) in recent weeks and was trying to get over the shock of receiver Sam Hurd’s arrest on federal drug charges in the days leading up to this game.

Johnny Knox Injury: Bears WR Suffers Back Injury, Is Carted Off After Brutal Hit (VIDEO)

(Old team: Patriots). David Butler II, USA TODAY Sports 9. Branden Albert, OT, Kansas City Chiefs (received franchise tag from Chiefs) Jonathan Daniel, Getty Images 8. Henry Melton, DT, Chicago Bears (received franchise tag from Bears) Tim Heitman, USA TODAY Sports 12. Jake Long, OT. SIGNED: St. Louis Rams, four years, $36 million. (OLD TEAM: Miami Dolphins.) Robert Mayer, USA TODAY Sports 3. Paul Kruger, OLB/DE.

Bears’ Knox will open season on PUP list

Facing a 3rd-and-6 situation during the first series of the team’s second drive of the game, Bears quarterback Caleb Hanie fired a pass up the middle to Knox on a slant route. The third-year player reeled it in for a 17-yard gain. However, as Knox attempted to pick up yards after the catch, Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor dislodged the ball. As Knox dove to recover the fumble, he collided with Seahawks defensive end Anthony Hargrove. The contact with Hargrove bent Knox’s back at angle that looked as if very serious injury was a possibility. Initially, the Chicago crowd booed the fumble but soon changed its tune , realizing that Knox may be gravely injured. After being attended to by medical staff on the field for approximately 10 minutes, Knox was placed on a stretcher and carted off the field. He reportedly had movement in his hands and arms as he left the field. On the play when Knox suffered the injury, the loose ball was eventually scooped up by Seahawks safety Earl Bennet.

Ex-Bears receiver Johnny Knox gives up fight to play football

Johnny Knox wide receiver was recently terminated by Chicago Bears. Knox taked about his plans for future an exclusive interview.

Alex Ghanayem, a spine surgeon at Loyola University Medical Center, told the Tribune immediately after Knox’s injury that a six-month window would be the optimistic minimum before a player could return to football-related contact after sustaining such an injury. Knox finished last season with an average of 19.6 yards per catch, second-best in the NFL. He caught 37 passes for 727 yards with two touchdowns despite not being a favorite in then-offensive coordinator Mike Martz’s offense. Knox also returned 15 kickoffs for 397 yards with an average of 26.5 yards per return. The Bears are well-prepared to move on without Knox in the passing game after the addition of three-time Pro Bowl receiver Brandon Marshall as a vertical threat. New offensive coordinator Mike Tice plans to utilize Devin Hester more on offense as well, and quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates also has raved about Hester’s potential in the revamped offense. Eric Weems was signed to help handle the kick-return duties in place of Knox. Hester isn’t expected to play a significant role on kickoff returns but will remain as the primary punt returner. Knox, a former fifth-round pick, is Johnny Knox Authentic Womens Jersey entering the final year of his rookie deal and has a base salary of $1.26 million in 2012.

How Johnny Knox’s Promising Young Career Ended in the Blink of an Eye

The explosion he put on display at the combine was translating to the next level. Knox made the team. His football career would go on. During the 2009 season, Knox would catch 45 passes for 527 yards and five touchdowns. Seven of his catches went for 20 or more yards. He also racked up 927 yards returning kicks, including a 102-yard touchdown. Knox was named to the Pro Bowl as a special teamer after Percy Harvin was forced out to injury. The next season, he would lead the Bears in receiving yards with 960 and touchdown receptions with five. His 17 catches of 20 or more yards was good enough for 10th in the NFL. While 2011 wasn’t as kind to Knoxhe was on pace for less catches, yards, touchdowns and 20-yard plays than in 2010he still averaged nearly 19 yards a catch as Jay Cutler ‘s main receiving target. Knox likely wasn’t a prototypical No. 1 receiver, and few argued against the Bears needing to add help at receiver. But for three productive seasons, the former high school star who couldn’t find a JUCO coach to take him in was starring in a featured role for an NFL offense.

Johnny Knox carted off field, faces back surgery

Johnny Knox lays on the field injured

Horn says hes been approached by some spinal injury-related foundations about partnering up with Knox, and hes finalizing some goodwill trips. He is scheduled to join a handful of NFL players, including former Bears defensive tackle Tommie Harris, on a trip to Uganda with Pros for Africa and Starkey the maker of hearing aids in March. Then, in May, along with the Robert and Mayari Pritzker Family Foundation, he will visit troops abroad with former Bears players. Its time to retire and move onto the next chapter, Horn says of his friends future, and it will be an incredible chapter. During the interview Wednesday, Knox is upbeat and smiles frequently. Asked how he remains so optimistic, Knox says, My whole life, Ive always been positive, and people ask me, Man, why are you so positive? But I know things will work out for the best. . Show / Hide Comments 2013 Sun-Times Media, LLC. All rights reserved. This material may not be copied or distributed without permission.

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