Chicago Bears wide receiver Johnny
Knox will undergo surgery to stabilize a back vertebra injured
in a gruesome hit against the Seattle Seahawks, the National
Football League team said Monday.

Knox was hurt in the first quarter of Sunday's game at
Soldier Field when he attempted to recover his own fumble and
was hit by Seahawks defensive end Anthony Hargrove.

The 2009 Pro Bowl receiver was bent over backwards in a
grotesque contortion that left him motionless on the field for
10 minutes before being loaded onto a backboard and transported
to the hospital.

Knox acknowledged the crowd, raising a fist as he
disappeared into the tunnel.

"Johnny has total movement throughout his body, has total
use of all his extremities, which is good," Bears head coach
Lovie Smith told reporters following Chicago's 34-14 loss.
"We're doing tests right now, but he has total movement.

"He is not paralyzed or anything like that."

In an update on the Bears' website, the team said Knox would
undergo surgery to stabilize a vertebra in his mid-to-lower

Knox, Chicago's leading receiver, is expected to be lost for
the rest of the season, dealing another blow to the Bears'
fading post-season hopes with quarterback Jay Cutler and top
running back Matt Forte already sidelined with injuries.