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Bears WR Knox working to make demotion short-lived

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Dan Parr

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By Dan Parr

The Bears are leaving open the possibility of reinstalling WR Johnny Knox as a starter and demoting free-agent addition Roy Williams. It's a departure from where things stood early in training camp, but the hook for Williams won't come as quickly as the job was handed to him.

Williams, fresh off being released by the Cowboys, was anointed a starter at the 'X' position as soon as he arrived and offensive coordinator Mike Martz bashed Knox, saying that Knox was handed the starting job at that spot last season. Williams struggled through camp and the first two preseason games, and is still working on getting into shape. Meanwhile, Knox apparently has impressed the coaching staff with the way he has handled the demotion.

It's going to take more lackluster performances from Williams — and strong play from Knox — before the staff decides to make a change. Martz is a strong supporter of Williams, and his voice is a powerful one when it comes to personnel decisions. Regardless of who starts, Knox is going to have a role on offense, but he's motivated to win back a job that was unfairly taken from him.

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