Former Bears WR Johnny Knox told the Chicago Sun-Times that he has decided retire from the NFL and will not pursue a return this season.
“I was centimeters away from being paralyzed, so just sitting here and talking, I’m appreciative of that,” Knox said. “Just the hard work that I had to put in. Just to be able to stay in and do everything in my daily life that I used to do.”
You really have to feel for how things turned out Knox after getting off to a promising career with the Bears. We wish him the best moving forward.
According to the Chicago Tribune, multiple sources have informed them that WR Johnny Knox is “unlikely to play again.”
“He had to work himself back up to where he could even walk,” said Bears former position coach Darryl Drake. “He had to work to get himself up out of bed.”
The Bears terminated Knox’s contract on Tuesday. His agent mentioned that he intends to play in 2013, but given that he suffered a fractured vertebrae, it seems highly unlikely that he’ll ever suit up for another NFL team.
Johnny Knox‘s agent mentioned that his client intends to play again next season.
“He’s going with the mindset that he’s playing in 2013,” Knox’s agent said, per Sean Jensen.
The Chicago Bears announced on Tuesday that they’ve officially terminated the contract of WR Johnny Knox.
Knox, who is recovering from a fractured vertebrae, missed the entire 2012 season and was believed to be an unrestricted free agent. The Bears could have retained him for another season by tolling his contract since he was placed on the PUP list, but obviously elected to pass on him.
This is a really tough position for Knox seeing as NFL teams will almost certainly require definitive proof that he’s close to being 100 percent given how serious his injury is. He’s still only 26 years old, but it’s really hard to speculate as to whether or not there will be any kind of market for him in the next few months.