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Knox may miss all of '12 Season

ARLINGTON TX - SEPTEMBER 19:  Wide receiver Johnny Knox #13 of the Chicago Bears runs the ball against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on September 19 2010 in Arlington Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON TX - SEPTEMBER 19: Wide receiver Johnny Knox #13 of the Chicago Bears runs the ball against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on September 19 2010 in Arlington Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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One thing that's been lost in all of this offseason hubabaloo is the status of Johnny Knox. Management and coaches have been coy, only saying "he's rehabbing and we'll go from there." It's been rumored that he could miss all of '12, but we haven't heard from him...until now.

From ESPNChicago:

"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."

More from the article:

Chicago Bears wideout Johnny Knox plans to eventually make a full recovery from a fractured vertebra he suffered on December 18 versus the Seattle Seahawks that required surgery, but the fourth-year receiver could not rule out the possibility of being forced to miss a large portion -- if not the entire 2012 season -- as he continues to rehab daily at the team's practice facility.

And finally:

Five months later, Knox has still not watched a replay of the hit.

"No, I actually haven't, I probably don't want to see it until I retire," Knox said.

I am not sure anyone can blame him for not watching the replay. It is certainly a play I won't soon forget.

I think I speak for everyone in the WCG community in wishing Knox a full recovery. If he can't go for '12, it's not a big deal, Phil Emery signed capable fill-ins with Eric Weems and Devin Thomas.