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Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 12/20/2011

Johnny Knox recovering from successful back surgery

Chicago Bears wide receiver Johnny Knox is recovering from successful surgery on his back and should be fully recovered in time for training camp.

Although he will not, obviously, play again this season, Coach Lovie Smith was optimistic about his return to the football field.

“He has been in surgery to stabilize his vertebrae,” Smith said late Monday. “He's out, of course, this year. But just looking to the future, it looks bright for him, of course, to play and to get back out there. So we're encouraged by that.” 

The Chicago Tribune reported that Knox cracked a facet joint, which help keep the spinal column stable, in a frightening, freak injury Sunday in which he was nearly folded over completely backwards. According to the Chicago Sun-Times reported, Knox’s L1 vertebra in the lumbar region was stabilized in the operation. Knox, who had feeling and movement in his extremities Sunday, is expected to recover in three-to-four months.

“You just want to make sure that, ultimately, he’s okay. Life first,” defensive end Israel Idonije said (via the Sun-Times). “That’s good news, that he’s going to be all right. And we look forward to him getting 100 percent and getting back to the fellas.”

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