Bears’ fans had a mild shock Sunday after seeing their receiver on the ground, unable to get back up. Good news is that the injury is not as challenging as believed, but Knox’ back injury does need surgery.
Yesterday, on Soldier Field, the Chicago Bears fans, team and crew gasped as receiver Johnny Knox hit the ground in the opening minutes of the game with Seattle Seahawks. Associated Press tells us how it happened: “Knox had just caught a pass from Caleb Hanie about four minutes into Sunday’s game when Kam Chancellor poked the ball out of his hands”. During Knox’ dive to retrieve the ball, “he was hit by Anthony Hargrove and got bent backward”. There was silence on the arena as Knox stayed down for about 10 minutes while medical personnel was trying to put him back on his feet.
Everybody believed the back injury he suffered was enough to put his career in danger. However, for fans and team the good news announced by coach Lovie Smith was the receiver will need surgery on Monday to stabilize a vertebra in his lower to mid back, but he will be able to get back in the game.
“He has total movement throughout his body, has total use of all his extremities, which is good. We’re doing tests right now. He has total movement. He’s not paralyzed or anything”.
Suntimes called spine surgeon Neel Anand to give his insight regarding Knox’ injury, although he didn’t see it. Anand is the director of Orthopaedic Spine Surgery at the Cedars-Sinai Spine Center in Los Angeles.
“Neurologically, he’s completely fine. The only thing left is the nature of the stability”, said Anand. According to the spine surgeon, based on that blow, the most common injury occurs in the junction of the thoracic and lumbar curvatures. As stated by this specialist, Johnny Knox should be back in three to six months, “if it’s an innocuous fracture, and all he needs is screws and rods”.
Teammate, running back Khalil Bell, said: “We were scared for him because we saw it on the big screen and it looked like he kind of folded back. (…) you never want to see your teammate on a stretcher”.