Jonny Knox hopes to play in 2013 despite being released by Bears

2/12/13 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

Nearly a year after suffering a frightening back injury and requiring surgery to stabilize a vertebra, wideout Johnny Knox still hopes to make a comeback in NFL. However, Johnny Knox may not be in an ideal position to make the case after his contract was terminated by the Chicago Bears earlier today.
Johnny Knox spent the entire 2012 season on the Chicago Bears’ physically unable to perform list while rehabbing from spinal fusion surgery. During a late 2011 season game against the Seattle Seahawks, Johnny Knox dived to retrieve the ball after Kam Chancellor poked it of his hands following a reception, when bent awkwardly backwards on a hit by Anthony Hargrove.
The structural damage to his back only became even clearer during surgery, and afterward Johnny Knox had to wear a back brace for a while.
Johnny Knox was due to make $1.26 million next season.
A fifth round pick by the Chicago Bears in 2009, Johnny Knox started 27 of 45 games while playing three seasons with the team. Jonny Knox has a career total of 133 receptions for 2,214 yards and 12 touchdowns, while he also led the NFL in seventh with 16.6 yards per reception during that stretch. The one-time Pro Bowl selection (2009) Johnny Knox was also a major contributor on the special teams, with 55 kickoff returns for 1,506 yards(27.4 yards per return) and one touchdown.
Despite the 2011 injury and ensuing back surgery, Johnny Knox had always maintained an open possibility for his return to NFL.
“He’s going with the mindset that he’s playing in 2013,” said Johnny Knox’s agent Marc Lillibridge.
Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times reported Johnny Knox is up for a crucial physical assessment next month, which could set the possibility of his return next season. Meanwhile, Johnny Knox is expected to continue rehabbing from back surgery in the Chicago area.
Johnny Knox’s speed was an asset that was expected to help the Chicago Bears stretch the field last season had he started opposite Brandon Marshall. Now, Chicago Bears new head coach Marc Trestman will be looking to add receivers take some pressure off Brandon Marshall,
New Bears head coach Marc Trestman seems likely to add help at receiver to take some of the load off Marshall, with Knox out of the mix and Devin Hester's status aslo remains up in the air.
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