Chicago Bears wide receiver Johnny Knox will undergo surgery today in Chicago on his back after his scary injury in Sunday’s game.
The Bears were playing Washington Sunday when early in the game Knox was tackled and bent so far backward it appeared he had been folded in half. He was taken from the field and amid much concern.
There was a great amount of relief when early reports indicated Johnny Knox could move his arms and legs and had full feeling in his body.
“There is a positive prognosis for his playing career and quality of life,” a Bears spokesman said directly after the game. Lovie Smith, the team’s coach, also told reporters that Knox wasn’t paralyzed.
Neel Anand, director of Orthopaedic Spine Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Spine Center in Los Angeles, told the Chicago Sun-Times that “Neurologically he’s completely fine. The only thing left is the nature of the stability.”
Anand said based on the collision itself, it’s likely Johnny Knox suffered damage at the junction of the thoracic and lumbar curvatures. He said this would mean surgeons will probably need to stabilize that area of the spine.
“If it’s an innocuous fracture, and all he needs is screws and rods, he could come back in three to six months,” Anand said. “He should be ok by next season. Even if it’s complete reconstruction.”