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2013-02-14 10:09:29 AM  
Unfortunate, but not unexpected. Supposedly the Bears are still covering his rehab costs, and he's getting in on some investments and public speaking gigs. So it sounds like he's going to be able to move on with his life.

But it is a shame that we didn't get to see what he and Marshall could do together.
 
2013-02-14 10:09:33 AM  
So Jay Cutler isn't the only spineless Bear.
 
2013-02-14 10:15:50 AM  
I really hope there is a front office position for him - he almost died for this team
 
2013-02-14 10:17:16 AM  
That sucks. He had potential.
 
2013-02-14 10:25:57 AM  
Man, there is no way I'm watching that video again. After the recent Shaun Livingston article and the Noel kid the other night, I don't think I can take another horrific on-field injury video.
 
2013-02-14 10:27:21 AM  
The clip of that injury still makes me wince.
 
2013-02-14 10:27:36 AM  
He caused his own injury.  Sad to say, but if he holds on to the football and not fumbles this injury does not happen.
 
2013-02-14 10:29:43 AM  

jayhawk88: Man, there is no way I'm watching that video again. After the recent Shaun Livingston article and the Noel kid the other night, I don't think I can take another horrific on-field injury video.


Wait, did Shaun Livingston get hurt again?

/nightmares from that Clipper game when he blew out everything in one knee
 
2013-02-14 10:31:39 AM  
Another lesson from the NFL's school of hard Knox.
 
2013-02-14 10:34:35 AM  
Hi, I'm Johnny Knox, and this is Crashing Out of the NFL
 
2013-02-14 10:34:59 AM  
One of the most frightening sports injury videos I've ever seen.  Read yesterday that the Bears kept him on the roster for one year to qualify for some league benefits, knowing full well there was no chance of him playing.  Occasionally my team does something right!
 
2013-02-14 10:35:25 AM  
He'll live out his days, poolside, as a folding chair.
 
2013-02-14 10:37:33 AM  

bhcompy: jayhawk88: Man, there is no way I'm watching that video again. After the recent Shaun Livingston article and the Noel kid the other night, I don't think I can take another horrific on-field injury video.

Wait, did Shaun Livingston get hurt again?

/nightmares from that Clipper game when he blew out everything in one knee


No, Grantland had an article about him the other day, with the requisite video links of course. Seems like there was another famous, horrific injury from the past that got a bit of traction the other day as well.
 
2013-02-14 10:40:50 AM  

ltdanman44: He caused his own injury.  Sad to say, but if he holds on to the football and not fumbles this injury does not happen.


All players cause their own injuries just by playing the game.

/straight from the Archer gun librarian
 
2013-02-14 10:48:20 AM  

Rickenbacker: One of the most frightening sports injury videos I've ever seen.  Read yesterday that the Bears kept him on the roster for one year to qualify for some league benefits, knowing full well there was no chance of him playing.  Occasionally my team does something right!


Definitely a classy move.

/Go Vikes!
 
2013-02-14 10:48:56 AM  
Feel so bad for this guy and not because he had potential, he would have destroyed the NFC north though.

Anyone know if those back pads some receiver wear brace against this motion?
 
2013-02-14 10:51:39 AM  

jayhawk88: bhcompy: jayhawk88: Man, there is no way I'm watching that video again. After the recent Shaun Livingston article and the Noel kid the other night, I don't think I can take another horrific on-field injury video.

Wait, did Shaun Livingston get hurt again?

/nightmares from that Clipper game when he blew out everything in one knee

No, Grantland had an article about him the other day, with the requisite video links of course. Seems like there was another famous, horrific injury from the past that got a bit of traction the other day as well.


There was a hockey player that got his achillies sliced last night from another players skate
 
2013-02-14 10:54:13 AM  
That was the single worst sports-related injury I've ever seen.
Good on the Bears for doing the right thing.
 
2013-02-14 10:55:04 AM  

p the boiler: jayhawk88: bhcompy: jayhawk88: Man, there is no way I'm watching that video again. After the recent Shaun Livingston article and the Noel kid the other night, I don't think I can take another horrific on-field injury video.

Wait, did Shaun Livingston get hurt again?

/nightmares from that Clipper game when he blew out everything in one knee

No, Grantland had an article about him the other day, with the requisite video links of course. Seems like there was another famous, horrific injury from the past that got a bit of traction the other day as well.

There was a hockey player that got his achillies sliced last night from another players skate


The Malarchuk throat slash from years ago is still terrifying.
 
2013-02-14 10:56:54 AM  

sakanagai: The clip of that injury still makes me wince.


The first couple of replays weren't that bad... until they showed the up close slow-mo replay.  Holy shiat.
 
2013-02-14 11:01:13 AM  
Bummer, I liked Knox and he had a ton of potential after that almost-1000 yard season. Word on the street was there was an extremely slim chance he would ever return, even the Bears knew during last season (articles saying he still walks with a limp and experiences near-constant discomfort today) but good on the organization for doing right by their people. We heard a lot of that sort of sentiment when the Bears tried to work through issues with Benson, Tank Johnson, others and they generally treat their own right. Probably not the case for many professional teams.
 
2013-02-14 11:07:18 AM  

tallguywithglasseson: That was the single worst sports-related injury I've ever seen.
Good on the Bears for doing the right thing.


Clearly you don't watch hockey.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fs_d8bHn4QA
 
2013-02-14 11:11:06 AM  

Quigs: Clearly you don't watch hockey.


Knox's is still worse.
 
2013-02-14 11:15:10 AM  

TheLopper: That sucks. He had potential.


He really did. His catch radius was phenomenal, and that footage is ghastly. The Bears may not be the best team, but they're pretty damn good, and they know that being good takes more than showing it on the field.
 
2013-02-14 11:19:38 AM  
Maybe he'll make another Jackass movie now.
 
2013-02-14 11:57:26 AM  

tallguywithglasseson: Quigs: Clearly you don't watch hockey.

Knox's is still worse.


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2013-02-14 11:59:50 AM  
Watched replay...omg. Thank god he can still walk. Good job to the Bears for trying to get him as much coverage as they can.


/packers fan
 
2013-02-14 12:06:39 PM  

Lt. Cheese Weasel: tallguywithglasseson: Quigs: Clearly you don't watch hockey.

Knox's is still worse.


Nope. Knox's is still worse. His back did what that guy's leg is doing. No comparison.
 
2013-02-14 12:09:59 PM  
it's sad to see an athlete's career end like this. I hopes he makes a name for himself in other areas
 
2013-02-14 12:46:22 PM  

ltdanman44: He caused his own injury. Sad to say, but if he holds on to the football and not fumbles this injury does not happen.


Yes, because eveyone who fumbles shatters their spine.
 
2013-02-14 12:46:49 PM  

Deneb81: Lt. Cheese Weasel: tallguywithglasseson: Quigs: Clearly you don't watch hockey.

Knox's is still worse.

Nope. Knox's is still worse. His back did what that guy's leg is doing. No comparison.


Agreed, I can't think of much worse...although as someone mentioned the hockey guy who got his throat slashed and almost bled out on the ice was pretty gruesome too.  Hockey guy probably came closer to actually dying, but Knox will never be the same for the rest of his life I imagine.

Ugh, backs bending like that was something I thought only happened in B-grade horror flicks.
 
2013-02-14 12:51:22 PM  

tallguywithglasseson: That was the single worst sports-related injury I've ever seen.
Good on the Bears for doing the right thing.


Clint Malarchuk was the only worse one that I've seen.
 
2013-02-14 12:56:01 PM  
thecpt
Feel so bad for this guy and not because he had potential, he would have destroyed the NFC north though.

Anyone know if those back pads some receiver wear brace against this motion?


Unsure about that, but if they did something else would have snapped in a gruesome manner.
 
2013-02-14 01:35:45 PM  
This should be reason #1 why fans should not biatch about football players trying to get large contracts when they come up for renewal. You never know when you're gonna play your last down in the NFL.

And the guy who hit him was 6'3" 285. I'm 6'2.5" and maxed out at 245 (mostly fat then, down into the 2-teens now), I can't imagine how much muscle would be required to get to 285.

/it screams PEDs to me
 
2013-02-14 01:37:24 PM  

SlagginOff: p the boiler: jayhawk88: bhcompy: jayhawk88: Man, there is no way I'm watching that video again. After the recent Shaun Livingston article and the Noel kid the other night, I don't think I can take another horrific on-field injury video.

Wait, did Shaun Livingston get hurt again?

/nightmares from that Clipper game when he blew out everything in one knee

No, Grantland had an article about him the other day, with the requisite video links of course. Seems like there was another famous, horrific injury from the past that got a bit of traction the other day as well.

There was a hockey player that got his achillies sliced last night from another players skate

The Malarchuk throat slash from years ago is still terrifying.


Richard Zednick (FL Panthers) also had his throat slashed by a skate during an NHLgame, in 2008.
 
2013-02-14 01:40:17 PM  

germ78: This should be reason #1 why fans should not biatch about football players trying to get large contracts when they come up for renewal. You never know when you're gonna play your last down in the NFL.

And the guy who hit him was 6'3" 285. I'm 6'2.5" and maxed out at 245 (mostly fat then, down into the 2-teens now), I can't imagine how much muscle would be required to get to 285.

/it screams PEDs to me


I bet I could get to NFL-size with a hell of a fitness/building program. I go 6'4, 260ish now, and my guess is that I'd end up thereabouts after such a program (just replacing my soft flab with rock-hard MAN-FIBER).

These guys start huge and get huger. If you've ever seen a retired lineman, you know they're way smaller once they're out of the league a bit. In the league, they just pack on as much as their frame/position will support.

// wouldn't discount PEDs as a contributor, though
 
2013-02-14 01:41:38 PM  

Electromax: Bummer, I liked Knox and he had a ton of potential after that almost-1000 yard season. Word on the street was there was an extremely slim chance he would ever return, even the Bears knew during last season (articles saying he still walks with a limp and experiences near-constant discomfort today) but good on the organization for doing right by their people. We heard a lot of that sort of sentiment when the Bears tried to work through issues with Benson, Tank Johnson, others and they generally treat their own right. Probably not the case for many professional teams.


When Robert Edwards wrecked his knee in a beach football game (the non-NFL-sanctioned event for rookies at the Pro Bowl) the Patriots kept him on the roster while he rehabbed.  Since the event was not an official NFL event the Pats would have been in their full rights to cut him loose, but they didn't.

It's good to see stories about organizations doing the right thing.  It's unfortunate these stories are the exception and not the rule.

Of course, you only rarely see truly horrific injuries like this happen.
 
2013-02-14 01:47:02 PM  
First time I ever saw that video was just now.

Last time I ever see that video was just now, if I can help it.

I'm not squeamish, but damn. That really might be the worst sports-related injury video I've ever seen. And yeah, the early replay angles don't prepare you at all for what's seen in the final angle.

As horrifying as the Malarchuk video is, blood doesn't bother me that much. Blown out knees and broken limbs, no problem. Watching a spine fold in on itself? Another story altogether. I put this up there with watching someone burn to death, like Roger Williamson in the '73 Dutch Grand Prix or the Bradford City supporter ("Ohhhh, the poor man!") who walked onto the pitch engulfed in flames during the '85 Valley Parade fire. But even those I've seen more than once. This one, I'm not going back to any time soon.
 
2013-02-14 01:48:44 PM  
The was the first and only sports injury that made me sick immediately after seeing it. I had to hold back vomit.I've seen a limb severed in person without flinching, and for some reason his injury seemed worse...
 
2013-02-14 01:50:18 PM  

germ78: This should be reason #1 why fans should not biatch about football players trying to get large contracts when they come up for renewal. You never know when you're gonna play your last down in the NFL.

And the guy who hit him was 6'3" 285. I'm 6'2.5" and maxed out at 245 (mostly fat then, down into the 2-teens now), I can't imagine how much muscle would be required to get to 285.

/it screams PEDs to me


6'2 240 with high school workout room and nutrition when I was playing football and wrestling.  Certain people have the body type for it.  Certain people are just fat, too.  Julius Peppers is 6'7 285 and he looks fairly svelte, not roided out or fat, like Vince Wilfork, 6'2 325.
 
2013-02-14 02:01:48 PM  

bhcompy: germ78: This should be reason #1 why fans should not biatch about football players trying to get large contracts when they come up for renewal. You never know when you're gonna play your last down in the NFL.

And the guy who hit him was 6'3" 285. I'm 6'2.5" and maxed out at 245 (mostly fat then, down into the 2-teens now), I can't imagine how much muscle would be required to get to 285.

/it screams PEDs to me

6'2 240 with high school workout room and nutrition when I was playing football and wrestling.  Certain people have the body type for it.  Certain people are just fat, too.  Julius Peppers is 6'7 285 and he looks fairly svelte, not roided out or fat, like Vince Wilfork, 6'2 325.


My brother (somewhat) resents that I got the athletic body type and he didn't because I gave up baseball (only sport I played) after 6th grade, and was good enough that under the right circumstances (not going to a Mormon school that favors Mormons) he may have been able to go pro.

/good luck to Knox and all his future endeavors, hope he stays healthy
//now let's watch Anquan Boldin get his face broken.
///Link
 
2013-02-14 02:09:51 PM  

bhcompy: jayhawk88: Man, there is no way I'm watching that video again. After the recent Shaun Livingston article and the Noel kid the other night, I don't think I can take another horrific on-field injury video.

Wait, did Shaun Livingston get hurt again?

/nightmares from that Clipper game when he blew out everything in one knee


Yeah...just read that article.  Holy crap, I would expect someone's ACL being blown out...but not have their knee ripped apart.
 
2013-02-14 02:13:26 PM  
Dr Dreidel:
I bet I could get to NFL-size with a hell of a fitness/building program. I go 6'4, 260ish now, and my guess is that I'd end up thereabouts after such a program (just replacing my soft flab with rock-hard MAN-FIBER).

These guys start huge and get huger. If you've ever seen a retired lineman, you know they're way smaller once they're out of the league a bit. In the league, they just pack on as much as their frame/position will support.

// wouldn't discount PEDs as a contributor, though


bhcompy:
6'2 240 with high school workout room and nutrition when I was playing football and wrestling.  Certain people have the body type for it.  Certain people are just fat, too.  Julius Peppers is 6'7 285 and he looks fairly svelte, not roided out or fat, like Vince Wilfork, 6'2 325.

Certainly there are benefits to an NFL training regimen, staffed with professional trainers and nutritionists. And many athletes that make it to the NFL level do so because they're athletic freaks. I guess it just boggles my mind how someone could get so huge on a frame not too dissimilar from mine. Then again, I have a cousin who is 5'10 and built like a fireplug and works as a trainer/gym teacher.

/and is the most obnoxious Ravens fan you'll ever meet
//winning the SB did not help
 
2013-02-14 02:13:31 PM  

El Farquistador: tallguywithglasseson: That was the single worst sports-related injury I've ever seen.
Good on the Bears for doing the right thing.

Clint Malarchuk was the only worse one that I've seen.


This; that was the single most horrific injury I've ever seen.  Roenick nearly choking to death on the puck was pretty bad too.
 
2013-02-14 02:38:50 PM  

germ78: is the most obnoxious Ravens fan you'll ever meet
//winning the SB did not help


fistbump

// us Ravens know all about oddly-sized humans
// Ray Rice? Jamal Lewis? Jon Ogden?
 
2013-02-14 02:50:51 PM  
Damn I don't ever want to watch that video again.  Just like I'll never again watch the video of Napoleon McCallum's knee getting bent 90 degrees forward.....now THAT was a gross injury.  I was watching that game and when they showed the replay I damn near got sick to my stomach.
 
2013-02-14 03:13:07 PM  
Another pretty nasty one was the Alabama football player, probably about 10 years ago, catching a pass as his leg snapped in half
 
2013-02-14 03:14:18 PM  

ltdanman44: He caused his own injury.  Sad to say, but if he holds on to the football and not fumbles this injury does not happen.


Wow....what a coont.
 
2013-02-14 03:17:05 PM  

thecpt: Feel so bad for this guy and not because he had potential, he would have destroyed the NFC north though.

Anyone know if those back pads some receiver wear brace against this motion?


If you are talking about a "flap pad" that many WR wear to protect the kidneys from the back when they are fully extended...no...they wouldn't do anything to protect him there.

That was a horrific, but thankfully, a freak injury. Glad to read he's got a good attitude about the whole thing and the Bears helped him out.
 
2013-02-14 03:37:34 PM  

p the boiler: Another pretty nasty one was the Alabama football player, probably about 10 years ago, catching a pass as his leg snapped in half


Oooo, was that the one where the band had wheeled the halftime equipment partway out of the tunnel and left it there, and then he ran full speed into the metal rail with his shin?  That was the other football one that really made me cringe, partly because it was just so out of the blue and unnecessary.  You almost expect things to break when 200+ pound athletes are crashing together at full speed and piling up, but seeing someone running out of bounds and having his leg snap was ... shocking.
 
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