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Rookie FS Chris Conte Joins Knox on Injured Reserve

The Chicago Bears announced that rookie free safety Chris Conte will join wide receiver Johnny Knox on injured reserve.

Knox underwent successful surgery to stabilize a vertebra in his mid-to-lower back on Monday and faces a three-to-four month recovery. Knox was injured after a scary collision with Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Anthony Hargrove while both were attempting to recover Knox’s first-quarter fumble.

Conte, a third-round pick out of Cal, sprained his foot during Sunday’s 38-14 loss. Conte started nine of 14 games this season, totaling 30 tackles and an interception.

Replacements: To replace Knox and Conte, the Bears promoted wide receiver Max Komar, linebacker Thaddeus Gibson and running Armando Allen from the practice squad. The Bears had a third open spot on the 53-man roster after released wide receiver Sam Hurd late last week.

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