In three seasons with the Bears, Johnny Knox averaged 16.6 yards per catch and scored 12 touchdowns.
In three seasons with the Bears, Johnny Knox averaged 16.6 yards per catch and scored 12 touchdowns.
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LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- The Chicago Bears have terminated the contract of receiver Johnny Knox after he missed this past season recovering from a back injury.

The team announced the move on Tuesday.

Knox needed surgery to stabilize a vertebra after he sustained a gruesome back injury against Seattle late in the 2011 season. The Seahawks' Kam Chancellor poked the ball out of his hands following a reception, and as Knox made a diving attempt to retrieve it, he was hit by Anthony Hargrove and bent backward.

Knox had 133 receptions for 2,214 yards from 2009 to 2011 and was a contributor on special teams with 55 kickoff returns for 1,506 yards.

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