Updating a story from yesterday, Johnny Knox’s agent Marc Lillibridge refutes the previous that his client will be on the PUP list for the 2012 season. This was actually first brought to our attention by one of our readers. (ChiCityKing)
“We are six months away from that decision,” said Lillibridge regarding Knox’s status, via the Chicago Sun-Times.
Bears president Ted Phillips mentioned that they’re not going to make a decision regarding Knox in the near future and they plan to give him a shot “earn his spot back because he’s meant a lot to us.””
“We don’t have to make a decision now,” Phillips said. “We’re going to let him rehab, and then we’ll take a look at training camp and see how the offseason is going then make a decision at that point.”
Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune reports that “multiple sources familiar” with the situation believe that there’s a “strong chance” that WR Johnny Knox will be out for the entire 2012 season. McClure adds that there was “more structural damage than initially anticipated.”
Knox underwent surgery on his back after being involved in one of the most gruesome hits that I’ve ever seen in the NFL. Considering the severity of injury, it makes sense for Knox to ensure that he’s fully healthy before returning to any kind of action. He’ll be a free agent at the end of 2012 so it will be interesting to see what the Bears choose to do with him before then.