Report: Johnny Knox to miss start of 2012 season

Report: Johnny Knox to miss start of 2012 season

The Chicago Tribune’s Vaughn McClure is reporting Bears’ WR Johnny Knox will start the 2012 season on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list as he continues to recovers from surgery to stabilize broken vertebra in his lower back.

Immediately following the gruesome on-field injury last December, multiple surgeons had said the minimum amount of time a player could be expected to return to “football related activity” after an injury of that nature was six months.

And while the Bears had been optimistic about Knox’s return, reality began to set in at the NFL Combine when Knox’s agent Marc Lillibridge said Johnny’s quality of life was currently “as good as it could be.”

That was two months post-surgery.

McClure cites sources now claiming there was more structural damage to Knox’s lower back than initially anticipated. Also, according to the source, Knox continues to walk with a limp.

The Bears, however, appear to have been planning for life without Johnny Knox in 2012, signing kick returner Eric Weems in free agency and bolstering the WR position by acquiring Brandon Marshall via a trade from Miami.

Should the Bears place Knox on the PUP list to start the season, they will have the opportunity to activate him if at any time he’s able to return. McClure, however, said there’s a strong chance Knox will not play at all in 2012.

With Knox entering the final year of his contract with the Bears, the idea that he may never play football in Chicago again now seems more and more likely.

Knox is due to make $1.26 million in 2012, and, according to the CBA, he’d be due his full salary if he’s placed on the team’s PUP list.

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  • If they draft another WR in there first 3 rounds then they can go ahead and release knox. He does not run good routes, fight for the ball, or get off blocks. Weems can fill his spot just fine.

  • I would think the Bears will go through the draft and camp and then place Knox on IR. I had a feeling things weren't going too well because of the evasiveness of comments on Knox's health. I think he will be lucky to play again though we're not privy to his prognosis.

    I did not like Johnny in the slot either because he got knocked off his routes by physical corner play. As a speedster, stretching the field...that is where he excelled...see his gaudy yds/catch stats. He shouldn't play slot but I think he does bring a good dimension to the team when Cutler isn't looking out his earhole...but that is another anti-Webb post down the road.

  • In reply to Mouser:

    The report is silly because it's so speculative. Not anything against McClure (1 of best in biz), but I should have pointed out that any idea that this is the way things will actually play out is funny because no one knows that. If he's clearly not going to return come the start of the season, they won't even put him on the PUP and head straight to IR. I don't see him playing football for the Bears again, truthfully.

    I had hopes that if he was used the right way, he could be effective. But, all-in-all, he struggled.

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