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Knox to undergo surgery

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Knox to undergo surgery

The hit was frightening and now Johnny Knox will undergo surgery Monday in order to stabilize a vertebra in his lower back, according to Bears officials.

The prognosis is good for career and quality of life, team spokesmen said. But it is difficult to see an injury of this magnitude not having a permanent impact on a player who faces constant threat of injury even in the normal course of a very violent sport.

The Bears wide receiver was injured while trying to recover his fumble after a first-quarter reception. He was bent backwards by a blow from Seattle Seahawks defensive end Anthony Hargrove and the game was stopped for a long period while Knox was attended to on the ground, placed on a stretcher and taken off the field slowly on a cart with his head immobilized between two pads.

It has been a difficult year for Bears wideouts, with this latest problem the worst. The Knox injury, coupled with the release of Sam Hurd after drug charges and his arrest last week, leaves the Bears with Earl Bennett, Devin Hester, Dane Sanzenbacher and Roy Williams.

Bennett missed five full games and most of a sixth after suffering an unspecified serious chest injury against New Orleans. Hester has not missed any games but has battled ankle injuries that have limited him from full-time duties at both receiver and returner.

George McCaskey, Bears release statement on Trump comments

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George McCaskey, Bears release statement on Trump comments

About an hour and 40 minutes before the Bears kicked off against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, Bears chairman George H. McCaskey released a statement following President Trump's comments about the NFL and National Anthem protests over the weekend:

Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin told CBS his team will remain in the locker room and will not participate in the National Anthem before Sunday's game.

A number of players knelt during the Star-Spangled Banner prior to Sunday morning's Baltimore Ravens-Jacksonville Jaguars game at Wembley Stadium in London, and Jaguars owner Shad Khan locked arms with his players during the anthem. 

Other NFL owners released statements on the Trump comments over the weekend, too:

Report: Steelers won't participate in National Anthem at Soldier Field

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Report: Steelers won't participate in National Anthem at Soldier Field

The Pittsburgh Steelers will not participate in the National Anthem on Sunday at Soldier Field, according to Jamie Erdahl. 

The decision follows Donald Trump's recent comments on NFL protests at a rally in Huntsville, Alabama.

"Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out. He's fired. He's fired," Trump said. 

No word on what the Bears will do yet, but the Steelers will be in the locker room.