Knox headed to Bears PUP list

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Knox slowly recovering

Knox slowly recovering

Chicago Bears wide receiver Johnny Knox, badly injured in a late-season game with Seattle, will miss the beginning of training camp, and most likely, a portion of the 2012 season, after being placed on the club’s Physically-Unable-to-Perform (PUP) list. Knox was moved there prior to the start of camp, but could be elevated to the roster should he recover at anytime prior to the regular season kickoff.

Knox, who is in training camp rehabbing, spoke with reporters Wednesday and shed light on his struggles to return to the field.  don’t have that same burst that I used to have, but that’s to be expected with this injury,” he said. “But I’m jogging and moving around pretty good.

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 There’s really no timetable. We’re all taking our time on this. They’re not rushing me, I’m not rushing myself. This was a serious injury, so we’re all taking our time on this. Right now, I’m setting small goals, taking a little bit at a time. At firs

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t, I knew it was going to be hard to run. But now I’m running better than I thought I would. I’m getting my weight back a little more, doing heavier weights in the weight room. So doing good.”

If Knox remains on the PUP list when the Bears take the field September 9, he’ll have to sit out the first six games of the season. He was injured during a December 18 contest against the Seahawks at Soldier Field, and later underwent spinal fusion surgery. The Bears added depth to the wideout position with the trade for Brandon Marshall and the drafting of Alshon Jeffery, so the team won’t rush Knox back to the field.

Bears Den: The Bears held a team meeting and underwent conditioning tests on Wednesday. The first two practices (Thursday & Friday) are in shells, shorts and helmets. Full contact begins with a Saturday evening practice at Olivet Nazarene.

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