Knox Spinal Surgery A Success

(CBS) Johnny Knox’s spinal surgery was a success, his agent said on Twitter Monday.

The Bears wide receiver underwent surgery Monday afternoon to stabilize a vertebrae in his mid- to lower back after taking a vicious hit in Sunday’s loss to the Seahawks. Lovie Smith said Knox suffered a fractured vertebrae, but the Bears insist he has a positive prognosis for both his playing career and quality of life. He won’t play the rest of the season, however.

Knox’s agent, Marc Lillibridge, called the surgery success.

After catching a 17-yard pass from Caleb Hanie on 3rd-and-6 from the Bears’ own seven yard-line, Knox fumbled the ball. As he went to dive for the loose ball, he was hit very awkwardly by Seattle middle linebacker David Hawthorne and went to the ground motionless.

The game was stopped for several minutes as trainers attended to Knox. His helmet was removed and he was loaded onto a backboard and taken off the field on a cart. An ambulance then took Knox to the hospital.

  • Wise Patriot

    I am glad he is going to make a full recovery. He and his family should think long and hard about taking this lucky result and retiring from the NFL with the ability to walk and play with his children.

  • Bill S.

    Football is a violent sport, no matter how you look at it. Guys could sit down and play a game of cards just as well … and nobody gets paralyzed.

  • Bearfan

    God bless Mr. Knox, Speedy recovery!

  • val

    Pulling for you Johnny..Best Wishes


    Glad to hear it.

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  • Brian

    Agree with Wise Patriot. Chances of making matters worse are not worth risking the ability to walk and possess a healthy central nervous system. Hang ’em up, Johnny and be thankful for your time in the NFL.

    • Brian

      P.S. Peyton Manning would be wise to do the same…

  • Mary

    this is wonderful news.
    i have to say these ads that take over the page are very annoying & i’m going to remove cbs 2 from the news feed on my home page.

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