Bears WR Johnny Knox suffered a serious, season-ending back injury during the team's Week 15 game against the Seahawks and will undergo surgery on Monday.
The Bears issued a statement Sunday evening that said, "Johnny Knox will have surgery Monday to stabilize a vertebra in his back. There is a positive prognosis for his career and quality of life." Knox reportedly had movement in his extremities as he was carted off the field and was not paralyzed.
The third-year player out of Abilene Christian leads the team in receiving yards with 727 and ranks second on the team in receptions with 37.
He caught a 15-yard pass on the Bears' second series and had turned upfield when Seahawks S Kam Chancellor stripped the ball from him. Knox then collided with Seahawks DE Anthony Hargrove as both dove for the loose ball.
Knox's body bent backward awkwardly and he was on the field for several minutes before being carted off and taken to the hospital for tests.