Johnny Knox undergoing back surgery this morning

Chicago Bears wide receiver Johnny Knox will undergo surgery to stabilize a vertebra in his lower back this morning.

Knox was injured in the first quarter of Sunday’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks at Soldier Field. He fumbled on the play and in a scramble to recover the ball, he suffered a devastating hit from diving Seahawks defensive end Anthony Hargrove. The hit violently bent back Knox’s upper torso.

“Johnny has total movement thoughhout his body,” Bears coach Lovie Smith said. “Has total use of all of his extremities, which is good. He is not paralyzed or anything like that.”

Knox remained motionless on the field for more than five minutes as medical personnel tended to him on the field. He was taken off on a stretcher board and transported to an ambulance and then the hospital.

The Bears announced the prognosis for Knox’s recovery is good. He’s expected to return to his career.

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