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Troup compares his back injury to Johnny Knox

Posted by Chris Brown on February 14, 2013 – 9:40 am

Bills DT Torell Troup is working his way back from a lengthy back rehab that’s lasted about a year. We brought you up to speed on his progress recently. But Troup shed some light on the severity of his back injury in the wake of former Bears WR Johnny Knox’s decision to retire after his back injury.

In an exclusive with the Chicago Sun-Times, Knox confirmed that he’s going to retire from football as he still has trouble walking without a limp. Running like an NFL wide receiver is just unrealistic after Knox suffered a spinal injury after a hit in the back from Anthony Hargrove at the end of the 2011 season.

Knox’s retirement announcement came as a surprise to Troup because as far as he knows he and Knox had the same back injury.

Knox had spinal fusion surgery after a disc was removed, but also suffered nerve damage and doctors are just hoping that the nerves will regenerate and Knox’s chronic pain with subside. Troup also had a herniated disc removed and suffered a fracture in his spine. The Bills defensive tackle is determined to continue his career, but he wants to speak to Knox and compare notes on their respective ordeals.

It should be noted that Troup is up and around and doing football related movements and he’s lifting in the weight room regularly, doing squat work along with a host of other activities. So while Troup might have had the same procedure as Knox he’s doing a lot better than the former Bears receiver right now.


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