Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Will Knox play again?
By Tom Carpenter
The Chicago Bears cut Johnny Knox on Tuesday after he missed the entire 2012 campaign due to the back injury he sustained in 2011. As for Knox's future in the NFL, it doesn't sound promising, according to Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune.
"In terms of football being a part of Knox's future, the outlook is bleak," McClure wrote. "Multiple sources with direct knowledge of Knox's status said he is unlikely to play again because of the extent of the injury coupled with his slight build."
Knox is just six feet tall and weighed about 185 pounds when he last played. It appears that Knox is focused more on living a normal life off the field at this point, rather than returning to game action. The Tribune spoke with an orthopedic spine surgeon, who had the following to say based on what is known publicly about Knox's injury.
"A patient with such an injury could do a typical job," Dr. Alexander Ghanayem said. "But it would be incredibly difficult to perform with the high degree of flexibility and range of motion required to play professional football.''