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Johnny Knox May Miss Entire 2012 Season

May 23, 2012 5:21 PM EST

Johnny Knox plans to make a full recovery from a fractured vertebra he suffered on December 18 versus the Seahawks.

With that said, there is a chance the wide receiver won't play for the Bears at all in 2012.

"It could happen, but I'm staying optimistic," Knox said of missing an entire season.

"My main focus is in that weight room. That's all I'm focusing on. I'm not in a rush (to return), this is my spine, the core of my body that I'm dealing with. This is not my knee or my ankle or my shoulder...I'm taking my time on this."

The injury to Knox occurred when he fumbled after making a 17-yard catch on a slant route. As Knox was scrambling on the ground to recover the loose ball he was hit by Anthony Hargrove and bent backwards. Knox was carted off the field and underwent surgery the next day to stabilize vertebra in his spinal column.

Five months later, Knox has still not watched a replay of the hit.

"No, I actually haven't, I probably don't want to see it until I retire," he said.

Via Jeff Dickerson/ESPN.com