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Knox to have surgery on Monday

December 19, 2011

Chicago Bears wide receiver Johnny Knox will undergo back surgery Monday to stabilize vertebrae in his back, the team announced.

Coach Lovie Smith was upbeat about Knox’s situation after the game.

“Johnny has total movement thoughhout his body,” Smith said. “Has total use of all of his extremities, which is good. He is not paralyzed or anything like that.”

While no announcement has been made, it’s fair to assume Knox’s 2011 season has ended with just two regular-season games remaining.

In the first quarter, Knox fumbled on a third-down reception after he was stripped by Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor. During the scramble for the ball, Seahawks defensive tackle Anthony Hargrove delivered a crushing blow to Knox on the ground that replays showed bent back his upper torso.

The game was delayed for more than five minutes while Knox was tended to on the field by medical personnel. He was strapped to a hard board and placed on a cart. Knox was moving his arms and hands and his helmet was removed.

The cart took Knox to an ambulance and he was transported to a hospital according to the WBBM-AM 780 broadcast. Sideline reporter Zach Zaidman reports Knox is moving hands and fingers.

The loss of Knox leaves the Bears with only four wide receivers for the remainder of the game as Sam Hurd was waived Friday and the Bears entered Sunday with five on the roster.

“While no announcement has been made, it’s fair to assume Knox’s 2011 season has ended with just two regular-season games remaining.


Hurd Busted on drug charges

December 15, 2011


Bears receiver Sam Hurd was arrested Wednesday night outside a Chicago restaurant after he accepted a kilogram of cocaine from a confidential informant and an undercover federal agent posing as a drug supplier, according to federal charges filed Thursday in Dallas.

Hurd was charged with one count of conspiring to possess half a kilogram of cocaine with the intent to distribute it. Hurd appeared in federal court in Chicago in late afternoon and will remain in custody overnight while his attorney arranges bond.

Hurd, dressed in street clothes — fashionable jeans and a gray T-shirt — stood ramrod straight in front of the judge and replied, “Yes, sir,” to various questions about whether he understood his rights.

At the Wednesday night meeting, authorities allege that Hurd negotiated to buy five to 10 kilograms of cocaine and 1,000 pounds of marijuana a week for distribution in the Chicago area. He agreed to pay $25,000 for each kilogram of cocaine and $450 a pound for the marijuana, according to the charges.

Hurd said at the meeting that he plays for the Bears, gets out of practice at about 5:30 p.m., and would pay them on the next day, authorities said. Bears players are paid on Thursdays.

Hurd told the undercover agent and informant that he and someone else distributed about four kilograms of cocaine each week in the Chicago area but that their supplier wasn’t able to meet their needs, according to the criminal complaint.

The Bears issued the following statement: “We are aware of Sam’s arrest and are continuing to gather details surrounding it. We are disappointed whenever these circumstances arise. We will deal with them appropriately once we have all the information.”

Bears coach Lovie Smith said after practice Thursday that Hurd remains a member of the team.

“I am in shock over it,” Smith said. “Never saw it coming. My dealings with Sam here as most of you would probably say the same has all been good. He’s a guy that showed up every day to go to work.”

Hurd, who played at Northern Illinois, signed a three-year contract with the Bears this offseason after playing the previous five seasons with the Dallas Cowboys. The veteran receiver has been primarily a special teams contributor for the Bears.

Bears receiver Roy Williams, who played with Hurd for three seasons with the Cowboys, said he was “shocked” by the news.

“It’s a situation I don’t want anyone to be in, especially a close friend, a teammate that I have been playing with now for four or five years now, especially a guy from Texas with a wife and daughter,” Williams said Thursday at Halas Hall. “So, it’s tough for me just because I am not into drugs or anything like that. I know it has to be tough for him because he has his family. It’s a choice he made and there are consequences with choices that you make.”

Asked for his thoughts about Hurd, Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher said, “It’s sad for him. I’m not sure what’s going on, but you never want to hear about one of your teammates, something like this happening to them.

“He’s a good teammate. That’s what I know of him. He comes to work every day and works hard. Outside of here, I don’t know him very well. But he comes to work every day and practices hard and plays hard. That’s all I know of him. He’s a friendly guy.”

Hurd was inactive for the season opener against the Atlanta Falcons because of a sprained ankle, and has eight receptions for 109 yards on the season.

The complaint alleged that Hurd first came to the attention of federal authorities in July when the confidential informant tipped off agents that a man — later learned to be a Hurd associate — was attempting to coordinate the purchase of about four kilograms of cocaine in the Dallas area. The associate wanted to complete the deal that day so the buyer could transport the cocaine to a northern destination that same day, authorities charged.

At the direction of authorities, the informant met with the Hurd associate. After the meeting, Dallas County police conducted a traffic stop of the Hurd associate and recovered $88,000 in cash and a marijuana plant.

Hurd, who owned the vehicle pulled over by police, later reached out to federal agents and claimed that he had placed the $88,000 into the vehicle and then turned over the vehicle to the associate — who worked at a car repair shop — for maintenance and detailing work, according to the charges.

Hurd produced a bank statement that he said showed he had withdrawn the $88,000 from his account, but authorities said the statement did not reflect that size of a withdrawal.

Hurd’s three-year contract with the Bears had a maximum value of $5.15 million ($4.15 million base total), and Hurd received a $1.35 million signing bonus. His base pay this season was $685,000. The Bears could pursue trying to recover some of the signing bonus.

The investigation is being handled by the U.S. Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Dallas.

Three Keys Against the Chiefs: Defense

December 3, 2011

1) No Pot Of Gold For The Dwayne-Bowe

Horrible joke aside, Dwayne Bowe remains the key playmaker for the Chiefs‘ offense with the injuries to rising-fast-running-back Jamaal Charles and starting quarterback Matt Cassel. Bowe’s 14.9 YPC ranks highest on the team, and his 55 receptions are 12 more than the next-highest receiver (Steve Breaston) and 23 more than the next (32, Dexter McCluster). He remains a solid target despite the atrocity of quarterbacking displayed by Tyler Palko, and Charles Tillman will have his hands full.

2) Force Palko into Bad Decisions with Pressure
The line finally showed some damn signs of life, and for a quarterback who’s thrown six interceptions to zero touchdowns, pressure isn’t a welcome thing. So don’t make it easy for him. Either get in his face and force a bad throw (like he needs much forcing) or add to his four sacks taken (and 26 team sacks allowed). Who knows, Palko may not last deep into the game if he struggles.
3) Stop The Run and Force Palko or Orton to Win
The Chiefs have 341 passing attempts (and 26 sacks) on the season compared to 330 rushing attempts. In the last two games, the Chiefs has 28 passing attempts and 34 rushing attempts against Pittsburgh and 37 passing attempts to 27 rushing attempts against New England. That doesn’t seem like much of anything – in fact, it might contradict the key. However, in those games combined Tyler Palko is 42 for 65 for 64%, but for only 397 yards and six interceptions and his longest pass is 28 yards. And Orton’s only had a week of practice. Look for theBears to load the box and make whoever’s at quarterback make some play

This is Tyler Palko. Doesn't he look more like a Hawaii 5-0 extra than a quarterback?

Bears sign Bennett to 4-year extension

December 2, 2011

General manager Jerry Angelo promised the team would reward its own players. One of those players cashed in Friday.

The Bears have signed receiver Earl Bennett to a four-year contract extension, the team announced. Bennett is now under contract until 2015.

The deal is for $18 million, with half of that guaranteed. Bennett also got a $6 million signing bonus.

“I’m very excited,” Bennett said. “It said a lot about the organization and how much they care about us.”

Bennett, who missed five games with a serious upper body injury, has 18 receptions for 276 yards and a touchdown in six games. He started once.



Bears signed Earl Bennett to a four-year extension. (Tribune photo/Nuccio DiNuzzo)

Bennett Ditched Orange Cleats

November 20, 2011

Bennett, who racked up $15,000 in fines for wearing orange cleats the previous two weeks, came out in regular cleats when the Chicago Bears began warmups Sunday for their game against the San Diego Chargers at Soldier Field.

According to a report by, the league informed Bennett he would not be allowed on the field with the orange shoes.