No timetable for Johnny Knox

CHICAGO -- Chicago Bears wide receiver Johnny Knox said there's still no timetable for a return to the football field as he continues his rehabilitation from surgery to stabilize a vertebra in his back.

"No, for me I'm just taking it day by day," Knox told reporters at a Nike softball event on Thursday in Lincoln Park. "No rush. Like I've said, rehab is going well. I'm not trying to rush things and mess things up any worse, so I'm just taking it day by day."

Sidelined since injuring his back Dec. 18 against the Seattle Seahawks, Knox has continued to rehab at Halas Hall. Knox has still been relegated to jogging and has yet to start running. He also remains under his playing weight; he estimated that he's around 170 pounds, adding, "I've got a lot of work to do."

Knox said the Bears have not broached the subject of placing him on injured reserve -- "There's still a ways to go," he said -- and right now he's just focusing on short-term goals.

"Just get stronger, that's my main goal right now," he said. "No rush. I'm going by what the trainers and the doctors say and that's what I'm going to go by."

Knox did not walk with a limp on Thursday nor did he swing a bat through three innings of a 16-inch softball game for Nike's North Side-South Side Softball Challenge. Knox captained the North Siders while White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski was the South Side captain. Players were chosen through a Twitter contest.