Things are not going very well for the Chicago Bears at the end of the 2011 regular season. After sustaining yet another loss, the team sustained yet another injury, this time to WR Johnny Knox. Knox was hit while diving for a ball four minutes into their contest against the Seattle Sehawks. Johnny Knox was bent backwards and remained motionless on the field for over ten minutes.
Johnny Knox will have surgery on Monday in order to stabilize a vertebra in his lower to middle back. Head coach Lovie Smith addressed Knox’s injury after the game. “He has total movement throughout his body, has total use of all of his extremities, which is good. We’re doing tests right now. He has total movement. He’s not paralyzed or anything”.
The Bears have now dropped their fourth straight game, dropping from an overall record of 7-3 to 7-7 currently. Chicago is now currently two games out of the wildcard race with two games remaining. The Bears are struggling on offense after the loss of QB Jay Cutler and RB Matt Forte, and are averaging just 14 points per game.
In hindsight, you have to wonder if Caleb Haine was the right answer at backup for the Bears. Should have they pursued Donovan McNabb. It appeared that player and the coaching staff were vocally supportive of Haine, but he has not responded on the field. Haine has now thrown nine interceptions and only three touchdowns.