Bears notebook: Johnny Knox likely out of final game thanks to ankle injuries

Matt Trowbridge

Johnny Knox sat out Bears practice Wednesday with a boot on his left foot and is expected to be replaced Sunday by third-round draft pick Juaquin Iglesias.

The rookie receiver sprained both ankles returning a kickoff Sunday, but he was just glad it wasn’t worse than that after he was carted off the field.

“I sprained both of them when they got caught up under me,” Knox said. “The right one wasn’t as bad as the left one. I feel really good it was nothing serious.”

Safeties Danieal Manning (calf), Al Afalava (knee) and Craig Steltz (foot) also sat out practice Wednesday. Defensive tackle Tommie Harris (knee), receiver Devin Hester (calf) and safety Kevin Payne (ankle) were limited.

Setting the record straight posted a picture of Jay Cutler holding up his left hand to the booing crowd at Soldier Field after the Bears took a knee at the end of regulation Monday night, rather than throw a Hail Mary before going into overtime of their 36-30 win over the Vikings. The report wondered if it was an obscene gesture and other sites, such as, picked it up. Cutler said he was just trying to talk sense to Bears fans.

“I was just pointing at the clock,” he said. “I didn’t understand why they were booing. We had eight seconds left. There’s not much we were going to do. I am going to suggest we take a knee there every time and go to overtime and take our chances there.”

Idonije, Tillman on IR

The Bears placed defensive lineman Israel Idonije and cornerback Charles Tillman (rib) on injured reserve after they were hurt Sunday. Idonije had 20 tackles, 2.5 sacks and one forced fumble in 15 games and blocked two extra points and had seven tackles on special teams. Tillman had 86 tackles, two interceptions and was second in the NFL with six forced fumbles.

Bears additions

The Bears signed quarterback Brett Basanez and rookie cornerback Woodny Turenne off their practice squad for Sunday’s season finale at Detroit. “It’s good to have an opportunity to move up some of these guys,” Smith said.

Chicago also signed receiver Eric Peterman to its practice squad. Peterman is an undrafted free agent out of Northwestern who spent the entire 2009 preseason with the Bears, catching three passes for 39 yards in four preseason games. He had 150 catches for 2,011 yards in four years at Northwestern.

Tuning in to Bears win

Chicago’s 36-30 win over the Vikings drew 17 million viewers, making it the fifth-highest rated game in ESPN’s four years of doing Monday Night Football and the sixth highest-viewed cable program ever, one spot behind High School Musical 2.

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