The agent for Bears receiver Johnny Knox said his client is in good spirits and on track to return to full strength in July.
"His rehab has been going great," agent Marc Lillibridge told the Sun-Times. "He's on the schedule that he planned to be back by early to mid July. He feels good."
Lillibridge reiterated the encouraging update from Bears coach Lovie Smith.
"Right now with Johnny, looking at that injury, I'm just counting on him to get better each day and we'll see how it all plays out," Smith said. "There's a long road to recovery. We have time. So we'll just see how it plays out. Johnny's ready to go. Of course, he's one of our guys. And I'm hoping that he'll be OK."
Knox required surgery to stabilize a vertebra in his back after enduring a horrific hit in a 38-14 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in December.
Lillibridge said Knox hasn't had any setbacks yet and that his quality of life is "as good as it could be" now.
Lillibridge added that his client has been thankful for the support of the Bears medical staff.
"The team has been phenomenal with Johnny's rehab," Lillibridge said. "He couldn't ask for a better staff."