Bears WR Knox (back) to miss rest of season

Associated Press  |  Last updated December 19, 2011
Chicago Bears receiver Johnny Knox will miss the rest of the season after undergoing back surgery Monday. Coach Lovie Smith confirmed that Knox would not play again this year. He was taken from the field on a cart early in Sunday's blowout loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Smith says the surgery to stabilize a vetebra in his lower to mid back started Monday morning and was not finished as of midday. The injury is not considered career-threatening. After Knox caught a pass, Kam Chancellor poked the ball out of his hands, and as Knox made a diving attempt to retrieve it, he was hit by Anthony Hargrove and bent backward. Smith says it was ''an unfortunate play'' but not a dirty one.
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