Bears place Knox, Conte on injured reserve

Posted Dec. 19, 2011 @ 6:46 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

The Bears have placed WR Johnny Knox and FS Chris Conte on injured reserve, ending the season for both players.

Knox underwent surgery to stabilize his vertebra after suffering a horrific back injury Sunday against the Seahawks and head coach Lovie Smith announced earlier Monday that he would be out for the rest of the season. Conte, a rookie third-round pick, suffered a foot/ankle injury Sunday. He started each of the past nine games.

The Bears promoted WR Max Komar, LB Thaddeus Gibson and RB Armando Allen from the practice squad to the active roster. There was a third vacancy on the active roster left by the departure of WR Sam Hurd, who was waived Friday after being arrested on federal drug charges Wednesday.

Chicago also signed RB Robert Hughes, who spent the preseason with the Bears, to the practice squad.

The way we see it

With injuries piling up, the Bears called up some young reinforcements from the practice squad to fill out the roster. Komar, Gibson and Allen will get a chance to help out on special teams. Komar could even get some snaps at wide receiver — the Bears are lacking a healthy deep threat at the position and Komar might get an opportunity to run some routes and try to stretch the field.

Knox's injury apparently is not career threatening, but he faces a long road back (recovery could reportedly take 3-4 months) and will be entering his contract year in 2012. Conte was able to get a great deal of experience as a rookie, but he was exposed at times and it remains to be seen whether he can be a high-impact player.