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Things still look bleak for Johnny Knox’s 2012 season

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Back in February, MDS shared a report about Johnny Knox’s long road to recovery after he cracket a facet joint in his spinal column late in the 2011 season.

It’s more than a month later and the outlook hasn’t gotten any better for the Bears wide receiver. Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune reports that Knox will start the season on the physically-unable-to-perform list. Knox is walking with a limp and there was more structural damage to the back than initially thought. Per McClure, there’s a “strong chance” that Knox misses the 2012 season.

The Bears have made moves to cover themselves in the event that comes to pass. The Brandon Marshall trade gives them the wideout they needed even if Knox was going to be 100 percent healthy while signing Eric Weems assures them of a kickoff returner without overworking Devin Hester.

Knox’s health is obviously the most important thing for his future, but the injury definitely comes at a bad moment in his career. Knox is set to become a free agent after the 2012 season and he reportedly turned down a four-year offer from the team before his injury. He’s not likely to get that kind of commitment again coming off this injury, even if he is able to defy the pessimistic reports and make it back on the field for the Bears.

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22 Responses to “Things still look bleak for Johnny Knox’s 2012 season”
  1. El Capitan says: Mar 26, 2012 11:17 AM

    Knox needs to worry about his health rather than playing football again any time soon. that was a horrible injury. good luck to him.

  2. scoops1 says: Mar 26, 2012 11:19 AM

    It’s over Johnny

  3. finfanjim says: Mar 26, 2012 11:20 AM

    And this is why I never begrudge players to lobby for long term deals while they are still valuable. Make sure you play out your contract, but do what you can to get what you can, while you can.

    I’m sure Matt Forte thinks of Knox as he tries to get his…

  4. fiennapain says: Mar 26, 2012 11:21 AM

    stay classy san diego

  5. fiennapain says: Mar 26, 2012 11:21 AM

    that was for dean spanos

  6. bjtmeyer says: Mar 26, 2012 11:23 AM

    You need to hang up the cleats Johnny. Your health is too important right now.

  7. nflofficeadmin says: Mar 26, 2012 11:24 AM

    That’s enough Johnny. Your back was just broken. Time to open up that sports steakhouse in your hometown.

  8. godofwine330 says: Mar 26, 2012 11:26 AM

    Damn, I feel bad for the guy, I really do. I saw the hit/tackle and it looked gruesome to say the least. His main thing was his speed, and if his speed is sacrificed then his greatest weapon would be lost.

  9. wnstonchill says: Mar 26, 2012 11:28 AM

    Here’s how bad the WR situation is for the Bears….. Roy Williams is actually “inexpendable” at this point. Infact, this would be a great time for him to be asking for a raise. Unless Brandon Marshall can play 3 WR positions at once, the Bears are in trouble!

  10. vgferenzi says: Mar 26, 2012 11:32 AM

    Sweep the leg Johnny

  11. thehighhat says: Mar 26, 2012 11:35 AM

    Just another cheap hit from a classless Pete Carroll team.

  12. tharoostah says: Mar 26, 2012 11:44 AM

    Good luck to Johnny in getting back to health.. That’s my guy!!!! Awesome player

  13. rg3savedc says: Mar 26, 2012 11:48 AM

    Bears are the definition of a treadmill team

  14. johnnyru131 says: Mar 26, 2012 12:01 PM

    1st Marshall was the ONLY WR on Mia and still out up big numbers.
    2nd the Bears have Bennett who is solid and adding Marshall will definitely leave Hester 1 on 1, so the Bears wr situation isn’t as bad as it seems.
    3rd Johnny Knox had it coming since he’s the reason Cutler got hurt in the first place. Karma is a bitch

  15. lbpackfan says: Mar 26, 2012 12:02 PM

    Hate to see this happen.

    Best of luck to ya, Johnny.

  16. daCoach says: Mar 26, 2012 12:38 PM

    wnstonchill says:Mar 26, 2012 11:28 AM

    Here’s how bad the WR situation is for the Bears….. Roy Williams is actually “inexpendable” at this point. Infact, this would be a great time for him to be asking for a raise. Unless Brandon Marshall can play 3 WR positions at once, the Bears are in trouble!
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    Are you tryng to be funny or are you just a moron?

    Williams is a free agent and will never be back with the bears.

  17. asublimeday says: Mar 26, 2012 12:50 PM

    Should’ve taken the deal, dude. You’re a speedster with iffy hands that is singlehandedly responsible for getting cutler hurt last season.

    That said, we do love you in Chicago and hope you get well soon.

  18. m2karateman says: Mar 26, 2012 1:09 PM

    finfanjim says:
    Mar 26, 2012 11:20 AM
    And this is why I never begrudge players to lobby for long term deals while they are still valuable. Make sure you play out your contract, but do what you can to get what you can, while you can.

    I’m sure Matt Forte thinks of Knox as he tries to get his…
    ___________________________________

    While I feel bad that Knox suffered the injury, did you not read the article all the way through? The Bears offered him a 4 year deal prior to the injury, and he turned them down.
    Sometimes it doesn’t pay to hold out for a few extra dollars.

    A bird in the hand……

  19. jpiro says: Mar 26, 2012 1:31 PM

    Limp or not, I’m still absolutely shocked Knox is walking at all after that hit/injury. In the grand scheme of things, he’s incredibly lucky.

  20. almighty1 says: Mar 26, 2012 1:57 PM

    There are a lot of knee injuries that look pretty gruesome out there on NFL films. But the injury he suffered looked worse than anything. When I first saw it I thought he’d never walk again.

  21. wnstonchill says: Mar 26, 2012 2:01 PM

    @dacoach: What are their options at this point?? Bringing back Brian Baschnagel??!!
    They can’t afford to not bring Williams back at this point. They can’t pull a starting receiver from the draft as they need to use their picks to land some help in the defensive backfield after Bowman and Graham have left. Unless they make a trade for a legit WR, they’ll need to bring Williams back.

  22. lilmiddle78 says: Apr 5, 2012 2:44 AM

    First things first, Johnny we’re thinking about you and we hope that this injury doesn’t have a lasting affect on the rest of your life let alone career!! Get well soon & don’t rush yourself back onto that field!!

    Roy Williams probably should be kept around to be a part of this receiving corps. Not because he’s gonna catch 60 balls and flirt with 1,000 yards but because he provides valuable veteran depth & is a good teammate! Who cares if he catches 10 balls or 100, he will see some action in the rotation but his numbers from last year will likely repeat themselves or at least similar. Why does everyone constantly sell Earl Bennett short? As Cutlers obvious favorite target, those two have a great chemistry on the field! Now to have a bigtime playmaker in Marshall who also has good chemistry with the QB, is going to really open up the passing attack in a big way!! DANE SANZENBACHER is going to be a very good possession WR and a true redzone specialist in this league for quite a few years!! This much was obvious to me last year and I believe he will be showing it a lot more & a lot more often in 2012!! NOW, Get Forte Locked Down For The Next 6 Years!!!

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