Johnny Knox Fantasy News

Monday, July 8, 2013, 8:58am

Chicago Tribune - [Full Article]

Bears WR Brandon Marshall set franchise records with 118 receptions for 1,508 yards last season and the Bears scored 375 points, 22 more than they had the year before, when Johnny Knox led all wide receivers with 37 receptions.

To be a dynamic offense, the Bears have to have multiple threats on a weekly basis. Alshon Jeffery, who missed time in the spring with a hamstring injury, has to be more durable and advance in his second season.

With TE Martellus Bennett and RB Matt Forte also in the mix, it's probably going to be difficult for Marshall to match his production from a year ago. That's not a bad thing.

Fantasy Impact:

We rank Marshall fourth among our WRs with an ADP of the second round. We do predict a bit of a drop from last year in overall numbers, but the hope is new head coach Marc Trestman doesn't mess with the chemistry too much. Also be aware Marshall had minor surgery to clean up his hip and missed a great part of on-field work in minicamps - as a precautionary measure.

Thursday, February 14, 2013, 10:35am

The Chicago Sun-Times - [Full Article]

Ex-Bears WR Johnny Knox looks like he’s in game-shape when he appears in the dimly-lit entrance of a Chicago hotel restaurant Wednesday morning.

Except the always lean receiver walks with a limp, and he struggles to sit or stand comfortably, the lingering effects of a devastating hit he endured at Soldier Field 13 ½ months ago.

Yet Knox counts his blessings and not his challenges, even as he exclusively tells the Sun-Times that his football career is over.

“As an athlete, you don’t want to give up, you want to keep on fighting. That’s how I’ve always been,” Knox says. “But it’s been on my heart for a while. I know how my body feels, and I know I’m not going to be the same and perform at the ability that I used to.

“So I’m moving on and going forward.”

Tuesday, July 24, 2012, 9:19pm

ESPN Chicago - [Full Article]

Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery said receiver Johnny Knox is making "steady progress" in his return from a back injury, and the team will make a decision soon about whether to place him on the active physically unable to perform list.

"He's able to do all the lifting, he's doing quite a bit of rehab, he's doing some light running," Emery said on Tuesday, the day before players report to training camp. "He is able to get off the assisted treadmill so he is doing those activities. He is making steady progress towards being back on the team."

Thursday, May 24, 2012, 11:33am

The Chicago Sun-Times - [Full Article]

Bears WR Johnny Knox was in good spirits Wednesday at practice at Halas Hall but still a long way from participating in practice and an even longer way from playing in a game.

Still rehabilitating from surgery to stabilize a vertebra in his back after suffering a horrific injury Dec. 18 against the Seattle Seahawks, a clearly underweight Knox acknowledged the possibility that he might miss part or all of the 2012 season.

‘‘It could happen, but I’m staying optimistic,’’ said Knox. ‘‘My main focus is in the weight room. I’m not in a rush. This is my spine, the core of my body I’m dealing with. It’s not my knee, ankle or shoulder. I’m taking my time.’’

Thursday, March 29, 2012, 11:44am

The Chicago Tribune - [Full Article]

When the Bears had a private workout with Devin Thomas before the 2008 NFL draft, they obviously figured the former Michigan State standout was capable of contributing.

Four years later, it's obvious the Bears feel the same way about the 25-year-old Thomas.

The need for insurance at receiver based on Johnny Knox's injury status, as well as the desire to keep the special teams units among the league's elite no doubt prompted the Bears to secure Thomas with a one-year contract.

Johnny Knox likely to open season on PUP list

Monday, March 26, 2012, 10:43am

The Chicago Tribune - [Full Article]

Bears wide receiver/kick returner Johnny Knox, who continues to slowly recover from December spinal fusion surgery, is scheduled to start the regular season on the physically-unable-to-perform list, according to multiple sources familiar with Knox's progress.

It has long been speculated Knox wouldn't be ready for the start of the season considering the severity of his injury. He was forced to wear a back brace after the surgery and continues to walk with a limp now. But there was more structural damage than initially anticipated, according to one source.

Knox could not be reached for comment.

There is a strong chance Knox won't play in 2012, but placing him on the PUP list would leave open a return to the field if Knox's recovery is accelerated. He would have to sit out the first six weeks of the regular season once designated to the PUP list.

Fantasy Impact:

There is a significant drop off after Brandon Marshall in the Bears' receiving corps, and it doesn't look like Knox will be able to contribute much at all in 2012.

Sunday, February 12, 2012, 10:31am - [Full Article]

Bears WR Johnny Knox will have to wear a back brace until mid-March, and his timeline for recovery could extend beyond six months, according to multiple sources.

Friday, February 3, 2012, 11:28am

Chicago Tribune - [Full Article]

Bears WR Johnny Knox tweeted a photo of a back brace that he said he must wear until mid-March, which only comes off when he showers and is uncomfortable "only when i sleep."

Asked if he thought he would be able to play in the 2012 season, Knox tweeted, "Im focusing on getting 100% first!"

Monday, December 19, 2011, 7:47am

Sean Jensen on Twitter - [Full Article]

Bears WR Johnny Knox is undergoing surgery to stabilize a vertebra in his back Monday.

Saturday, November 26, 2011, 9:48pm

National Football Post - [Full Article]

Wide receiver Devin Hester didn’t play a single down on offense last week but did handle his share of returns on special teams for the Chicago Bears.

There is a chance Hester will be held out of the offensive package or limited again Sunday when the team plays at Oakland. He’s dealing with a painful shin injury and has also been hobbled recently by a sprained ankle. He’s got a couple of minor injuries going on and the Bears want to get him healthy soon but don’t want to miss his explosiveness in the return game.

"It's something that I've got to kind of deal with until I get better," Hester said. "It's just real sore. Other than that, it's kind of like a nagging injury."

He doesn’t believe he will be sidelined against the Raiders. Two weeks ago, Hester did not practice because of an ankle sprain and then played against the Detroit Lions and had an 82-yard punt return for a touchdown. He was held out of practices Thursday and Friday.

For the Bears, the trio of Johnny Knox, Earl Bennett and Roy Williams played well last week. So there isn’t a need to rush Hester back on offense where he hasn’t put up big numbers.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011, 7:41pm

Bears WR Devin Hester (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. Hester was injured late in the Bears win over the Eagles on Monday night. His absence could open the door for Johnny Knox and Roy Williams.

Friday, November 4, 2011, 10:07am

The Chicago Tribune - [Full Article]

The buzz surrounding Earl Bennett's return to the Bears' lineup has taken the spotlight away from the guy who quietly developed into one of Jay Cutler's favorite targets.

Undrafted rookie receiver Dane Sanzenbacher leads the team with three touchdown receptions, one more than the other five receivers have combined. But Sanzenbacher understands his role won't remain the same with Bennett back from a Week 2 upper body injury.

Don't expect Sanzenbacher to get squeezed out completely. Offensive coordinator Mike Martz made that clear Thursday as the Bears prepare for a talented Eagles secondary, led by slot-stopper Nnamdi Asomugha.

"(Sanzenbacher) does the same stuff Earl does so now he can help out at the 'X' receiver, too,'' Martz said, referring to the position Johnny Knox and Roy Williams play.

"(Sanzenbacher) actually plays four positions for us. He'll be all over the place. And he's going to start for us in our four-wide receiver sets.''

Fantasy Impact:

Martz is saying that Sanzenbacher will take snaps at the "X" position too, which means that Johnny Knox and/or Roy Williams will see fewer snaps with Bennett's return. Devin Hester appears to be the only Bears WR unaffected with Bennett back.

Marion Barber OUT, Roy Williams IN for Bears

Sunday, September 25, 2011, 3:14pm

Bears Inactives
Marion Barber RB
Earl Bennett WR
Gabe Carimi T
Chris Harris SS
Stephen Paea DT
Corey Wootton DE
Major Wright FS

Fantasy Impact:

Roy Williams is active and is expected to start over Johnny Knox.

Thursday, September 22, 2011, 7:20pm

Bears WR Earl Bennett (chest) did not practice Wednesday or Thursday. This may mean more targets for Johnny Knox, who at the moment is the only marginally startable WR in the Bears' pass-happy offense. Both Knox and Devin Hester played a ton against the Saints but Jay Cutler didn't have time to get them the ball. Roy Williams (groin) took full reps on Thursday, so he may work his way back into the WR rotation.

Friday, September 16, 2011, 6:58pm

Bears WR Roy Williams (groin, Questionable) was limited at practice Friday after missing both Wednesday and Thursday's practices. This is an upgrade, but he's still very iffy for Week 2. Johnny Knox looks like a decent start for desperate fantasy owners.

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