Bears part with WR Knox

Bears part with WR Knox

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LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) - The Chicago Bears have terminated the contract of receiver Johnny Knox after he missed this past season recovering from a back injury.

The team announced the move on Tuesday.

Knox needed surgery to stabilize a vertebra after he sustained a gruesome back injury against Seattle late in the 2011 season. The Seahawks' Kam Chancellor poked the ball out of his hands following a reception, and as Knox made a diving attempt to retrieve it, he was hit by Anthony Hargrove and bent backward.

Knox had 133 receptions for 2,214 yards from 2009 to 2011 and was a contributor on special teams with 55 kickoff returns for 1,506 yards.

"Johnny should be very proud of his accomplishments and what he's done for the city of Chicago and for the Chicago Bears," said general manager Phil Emery on the Bears web site. "He did a lot for our fans and a lot for our team. I'm disappointed for him that he won't be able to move forward with the team.

"Johnny will always be a Bear and he will always be welcome here in our practice facility and all of our team events and at games."

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