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Bears Roster 2012: Johnny Knox May Miss 2012 Season With Back Injury

Chicago Bears wide receiver Johnny Knox told reporters on Wednesday that he may end up missing the entire 2012 season with his back injury, as Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago reports. Knox suffered the harrowing injury against the Seattle Seahawks last season, an event that appeared bad enough to wonder whether he may ever play again.

According to Dickerson, Knox told reporters on Wednesday that he lost roughly 30 pounds after the surgery required to help his injuries, and he's only gained back about ten of those pounds. He said that he continues to make effort in his rehab, but it's not clear how much progress he'll ultimately be able to make.

Without Knox, the Bears will need to turn to their new weapons for passing offense in 2012. Last season, he caught 37 balls for 727 yards and two touchdowns as Chicago's leading receiver. Without him, Brandon Marshall, Earl Bennett, Devin Hester and rookie Alshon Jeffery will likely be the team's primary wideouts.

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