Chicago Bears wide receiver Johnny Knox will undergo surgery on Monday to stabilize vertebrae in his neck, the Bears announced on Sunday night.
Knox was taken off the field in the first quarter of today’s 38-14 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Following a 17-yard reception, Knox fumbled and while attempting to recover the loose ball, converged with Seahawks defensive tackle Anthony Hargrove, who outweighs Knox by over 100 pounds. Knox was bent back awkwardly by the collision.
Knox was able to move his arms and hands while being removed on a cart and the prognosis for both his life and career are good, the team added.
“Johnny has total movement thoughhout his body,” Bears head coach Lovie Smith said. “Has total use of all of his extremities, which is good. He is not paralyzed or anything like that.”