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1 year ago

WR Johnny Knox has decided to retire from football.  He was released by the Bears earlier this week.  Over 13 months removed from a scary back injury, he's still walking with a limp.  “As an athlete, you don’t want to give up, you want to keep on fighting," Knox said. "That’s how I’ve always been. But it’s been on my heart for a while. I know how my body feels, and I know I’m not going to be the same and perform at the ability that I used to. So I’m moving on and going forward.”  The speedster averaged 16.6 yards per catch across his 3 NFL seasons.  He had 8 grabs of 40+ yards, including a career-long 81-yarder in 2011.  He set personal-bests in catches (51), yards (960), and TDs (5) in 2010, finishing 24th among WRs in fantasy points.

1 year ago

The Bears announced that they've released WR Johnny Knox.  We were under the impression that Knox was a free-agent anyways.  Regardless, he'll be on the open market this offseason.  The speedster averaged 16.6 yards per catch across his first 3 NFL seasons before sitting out 2012 with a back injury.  If he proves healthy, Knox will be an intriguing name for teams looking for a field stretcher.

1 year ago

Bears WR Johnny Knox (back) will remain on the PUP list to start the regular season.  That'll cost him the first 6 games.  Knox isn't even a lock to return after that after last December's nasty back injury.  He's unlikely to contribute much this season and is off the fantasy radar.

Bears GM Phil Emery provided an update Tuesday on WR Johnny Knox, who is recovering from last December's nasty back injury.  "He's able to do all the lifting, he's doing quite a bit of rehab, he's doing some light running," Emery said. "He is able to get off the assisted treadmill so he is doing those activities. He is making steady progress towards being back on the team."  Knox won't be ready for the start of camp, and there's a good chance he starts the season on the PUP list.  He remains off the redraft radar with his football future in question.

Bears WR Johnny Knox admits that he could miss the entire 2012 season after undergoing back surgery last December.  "It could happen, but I'm staying optimistic," Knox said. "My main focus is in that weight room. That's all I'm focusing on. I'm not in a rush [to return]; this is my spine, the core of my body that I'm dealing with. This is not my knee or my ankle or my shoulder ... I'm taking my time on this."  Knox lost 30 pounds in the 2 months after the surgery, although he's gained 10 of those back.  We're not expecting to see him on the field before mid-season.  Knox won't be worth a look in fantasy drafts this summer.

Bears insider Vaughn McClure hears from multiple sources that WR Johnny Knox (back) will open the 2012 season on the PUP list and could miss the entire year.  We reported a few weeks ago that Knox could be medically-cleared by July, but "there was more structural damage than initially anticipated," according to McClure.  We'll continue to track Knox's recovery, but fantasy owners shouldn't be counting on any production from him this season.  WRs Earl Bennett and Devin Hester figure to be the biggest beneficiaries.

According to his agent, Bears WR Johnny Knox (back) will be at 100% in time for training camp.  "His rehab has been going great," agent Marc Lillibridge said. "He's on the schedule that he planned to be back by early to mid July. He feels good."  Returning from a serious back injury, we'd still bet against Knox making an early-season impact.  The Bears are expected to add a true #1 WR through either free-agency or the draft.

Bears insider Larry Mayer reports that WR Johnny Knox may not be ready for training camp this summer after suffering a nasty back injury in mid-December.  Knox underwent surgery on December 19th and has been rehabbing at the team's facility.  Mayer does add that Knox's career isn't believed to be in jeopardy.  It doesn't sound like he's a good bet to make an early-season impact in 2012 though.

Bears WR Johnny Knox underwent successful back surgery on Monday.  He's expected to be sidelined 3-4 months.  That means he'll be back in time for training camp, barring a setback.  We'll track his recovery throughout the offseason.

2 years ago

Bears WR Johnny Knox will undergo surgery on Monday to stabilize a vertebra in his back.  He's obviously done for the season, but it's still unclear if this will impact his status for 2012.  Roy Williams and Earl Bennett will be Chicago's starting WRs over the final 2 weeks.  Neither is a fantasy option.

Bears WR Johnny Knox had to be carted off the field after taking a big hit from Seahawks S Kam Chancellor.  It's unclear exactly what's wrong, but he's obviously done for the day.  We'll update his status when we learn more.

Update: Knox suffered a back injury.

According to Fox Sports' John Czarnecki, Bears WR Johnny Knox will start over WR Roy Williams against the Panthers today.  Czarnecki isn't the most reliable source when it comes to Sunday morning updates, but this one makes too much sense.  Knox has out-performed Williams since training camp opened.  Consider Knox a high-upside WR3 in today's favorable matchup.

The Sporting News' Gene Chamberlain confirms that WR Johnny Knox has consistently out-performed WR Roy Williams in practice.  We haven't read a single shred of positive news about Williams since he signed with Chicago, yet he's still in the starting lineup.  We don't think that will last much longer though.  Knox remains the most explosive WR on the Bears' roster and should move past Williams on the depth chart before long.  Knox is worth stashing on your bench until that happens.

2 years ago

Bears WR Johnny Knox didn't see his first target until midway through the 4th quarter of Monday night's game against the Giants.  He handled kick and punt returns but didn't play with the 1st-team offense.  It appears that Devin Hester and Roy Williams are still locked-in as Chicago's starting WRs.  We're still convinced that Knox is the best WR on the Bears, and you gotta think that talent will eventually win out.  But for now, we can't recommend Knox as anything more than a late-round flier.

2 years ago

As expected, Johnny Knox is listed as a 2nd-string WR behind both Roy Williams and Devin Hester on the Bears' preliminary depth chart.  There's still plenty of time for this to change, but we get the feeling that Chicago is serious about starting Williams and Hester.  It's obviously a major blow to Knox's fantasy outlook.  We just lowered his projections again, although he's still our top-rated Bears WR.

WR Roy Williams made his Bears training camp debut on Thursday and ran with the 1st-team offense in Johnny Knox's position.  WR Devin Hester lined up opposite Williams in the starting lineup.  Knox, meanwhile, spent most of the day with the 2nd-team.  HC Lovie Smith later cautioned not to read too much into the lineups so early in training camp.  Knox was easily the Bears' best receiver last year and should have a starting spot locked-down.  We'll continue to keep an eye on this situation, but we're not adjusting Knox's projections right now.

2 years ago

Bears WR Johnny Knox has put on 10 pounds of muscle this offseason.  That's a big deal for the undersized Knox.  He should be right up around 190 pounds now, which will help him fight off jams and win balls in traffic.  Entering his 3rd NFL season, Knox is a prime breakout candidate in 2011.

Bears beat writer Dan Pompei notes that WR Johnny Knox was “easily the best route runner on the field” in his preseason debut on Saturday. Knox looked good to us too, catching 2 balls for 47 yards in just one offensive possession. Pompei went on to say that he “is a perfect fit in Mike Martz’s offense.” No doubt about that. Knox has incredible upside and is an ideal WR3.

3 years ago

According to Bears beat writer Brad Biggs, WR Johnny Knox has emerged as the "top target" in training camp.  This is actually the 2nd or 3rd time we've heard this from Bears observers.  Knox's skill-set fits perfectly with OC Mike Martz's scheme. And unlike Devin Hester, he's a "true" WR.  We just adjusted our projections for the Bears WRs.

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