Knox to undergo surgery


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.

Why Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh will be 'pulling hard' for the Bears this season

Why Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh will be 'pulling hard' for the Bears this season

Jim Harbaugh is a former Chicago Bear, but that's not the main reason why he'll be rooting for the Monsters of the Midway this fall.

Harbaugh, the current Michigan head coach and former head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, used to coach alongside current Bears assistants Vic Fangio and Ed Donatell in the Bay Area.

Fangio, the Bears' defensive coordiantor, and Donatell, the Bears' defensive backs coach, held those same positions for all four of Harbaugh's seasons leading the Niners.

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Harbaugh voiced his support for his former assistants Monday, speaking with CSN's Pat Boyle at the Golf.Give.Gala golf outing in St. Charles.

"I know (the Bears) are going to have a heck of a defense," Harbaugh said. "Because I know they've got Vic Fangio and Ed Donatell and a tremendous coaching staff. So I'll be pulling hard for them."

Harbaugh also was asked about new Bears quarterback Mike Glennon, and you can hear his comments in the video above, as well as comments from Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer on another new Bears quarterback, Mitch Trubisky.

How does Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer think Mitch Trubisky will do with Bears?

How does Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer think Mitch Trubisky will do with Bears?

Few college football head coaches have had more success than Ohio State's Urban Meyer.

And since 2000, it's been the Buckeyes who have sent more players to the NFL Draft than any other college program.

But what does Meyer think of the Bears' first-round pick?

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CSN's Pat Boyle asked the Ohio State head man about new Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky at the Golf.Give.Gala golf outing Monday in St. Charles.

"He's from Mentor, Ohio. He's from 15 minutes from my hometown," Meyer said of the former North Carolina Tar Heel. "We tried to recruit him. Very talented guy. Committed real early to North Carolina.

"He's only got that one year of playing, and I always worry about that going into the NFL. But as far as talent and quality kid, he's going to be great, it might take a minute."

Boyle also talked with Michigan head coach and former Bears quarterback Jim Harbaugh, asking the former NFL head coach about NFL veteran Mike Glennon, also new to the Bears' quarterback room. See what Harbaugh had to say in the video above.