Johnny Knox WR CHI Oct 05 '12

Johnny Knox (PUP, back) reiterated Friday that he's unsure whether he'll be activated by the Bears this season.

We're not optimistic. "I haven't heard," Knox said. "The last thing I heard was that I was going on PUP back in training camp. That's the last thing I heard." Knox says he's upped his rehab from surgery to repair a fractured vertebrae "here and there," but doesn't appear to be making tremendous strides. "I'm out there running, moving a little bit better," said Knox. "But not too much different from the last time we talked.

Johnny Knox WR CHI Aug 26 '121 Comment

Bears placed WR Johnny Knox (neck) on reserve/PUP.

He's ineligible to play in the first six regular season games, and the reporters in Chicago don't expect Knox to return at all this year. While Knox has made steady progress from spinal fusion surgery, the extensive rehab and recovery probably won't allow him to be ready until 2013.

Johnny Knox WR CHI Jul 25 '12

Johnny Knox (back surgery) opened Bears camp on the active/PUP list.

Knox will assuredly stay on PUP into the regular season, disqualifying him for the first six games. We'd be a bit surprised if he played at all this year.

Johnny Knox WR CHI Jul 24 '12

Bears GM Phil Emery indicated that Johnny Knox is making "steady progress" in his return from career-threatening back surgery.

"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 making steady progress towards being back on the team." According to the Chicago Tribune's Vaughn McClure, Knox is making "tremendous strides" but is still expected to start the season on the PUP list.

Johnny Knox WR CHI Jun 21 '12

Johnny Knox (back surgery) remains without a timetable for a return to football activities.

"Rehab is going well," said Knox. "I'm not trying to rush things and mess things up any worse, so I'm just taking it day by day." Still significantly under his playing weight, Knox concedes, "I've got a lot of work to do." Although he's been jogging, Knox has yet to begin running, six months removed from surgery.

Johnny Knox WR CHI May 31 '121 Comment

Teammate Devin Hester believes "it's going to be a miracle" to get Johnny Knox (back surgery) "back to normal."

"I'm going to stick with him, encourage him and make sure that he doesn't give up," said Hester, who nearly broke down talking about Knox's long road back. The severe spinal cord injury leaves Knox's 2012 season very much in doubt. Even if he turns the corner by next offseason, it sounds there's no guarantee that he will recapture pre-injury form.

Johnny Knox WR CHI May 24 '12

Bears WR Johnny Knox (back surgery) acknowledges he could miss all or part of the 2012 season.

After losing 30 pounds and regaining 10 in rehab, Knox is still a long way from participating in practices. Although he's graduated to jogging, Knox has yet to run routes. "My main focus is in the weight room. I'm not in a rush," explained Knox. "This is my spine, the core of my body I'm dealing with. It's not my knee, ankle or shoulder. I'm taking my time." Knox remains without a timetable to return.

Johnny Knox WR CHI May 23 '12

According to ESPN Chicago's Mike Wright, Johnny Knox (back surgery) looked "very frail" on the practice field in OTAs.

He's obviously not taking part in the actual practices. Knox underwent major surgery to stabilize his vertebra on December 19 and is in danger of missing the entire season. Already a relatively skinny player, the fact that he's not staying muscle bound suggests Knox doesn't plan on playing football anytime soon.

Johnny Knox WR CHI Apr 10 '122 Comments

Brandon Marshall is ticketed for split end in Chicago, leaving Johnny Knox's position up in the air.

A candidate to open the season on the PUP list following serious back surgery, Knox seems increasingly likely to play a minor role in the final year of his rookie contract. It's not clear yet if Devin Hester, Earl Bennett, or an early-round rookie will start opposite Marshall at flanker.

Johnny Knox WR CHI Mar 27 '12

The player rep for Johnny Knox (back surgery) refutes a report that his client is assured of beginning 2012 on the PUP list.

"We are six months away from that decision," Knox's agent said before insisting that he hasn't had any setbacks. The Chicago Tribune reported Monday that Knox was dealing with "more structural damage than initially anticipated." The smart money remains on Knox beginning the year on the PUP list, while it's a real possibility he won't suit up at all in 2012.