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Gabe Carimi disappointed he won't face the Packers

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Bears rookie right tackle Gabe Carimi was having a strong game Sunday in New Orleans.

"I graded really well out, while I was out there," Carimi said.

But Carimi left the game late in the second quarter, when he suffered a knee injury. Carimi wouldn't discuss the nature of the injury. But it's a dislocated right kneecap.

He also wouldn't provide a timetable, but he doesn't anticipate it affecting him much.

"I mean, you should be able to jump back into it. The biggest thing was switching from right to left, but now I'm comfortable at the right so hopefully I'll be able to jump right back in there," he said.

Asked if there's an inclination to return early from the injury, he said, "You always have to take track and make sure, when you come back, it's for the whole season.

"No one wants you to come back for a half a game, and then miss more. So you always have to watch that."

But Carimi said he knew his injury wasn't too serious right away. He tore his right MCL during his playing career at Wisconsin.

"I felt good walking off the field," he said. "There wasn't that serious, unstable feeling."

For Carimi, the timing is especially disappointing. A native of Wisconsin, he grew up a Packers fan, although he insisted he liked college football more and never wore a cheesehead.

"I was pretty excited to play the Packers this week, just because, growing up in Wisconsin, and being a Wisconsin guy. Looks like I don't get a shot at them this week," he said. "But we get to play them again, so I'm looking forward to that."

Veteran Frank Omiyale will start in his place.

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Carimi is a bust. I canut beleave al l the idiots on hear who "liked" us wasting a fitrst rounder on this kid. He had a tron MCL in college and Angelo picked him up anyway is that right. Freaking briliant Angelo freaking brilaint. This is Colombo part two mark my words.

But oh no Creighton! Your wrong about Carimi! Its not fare just give hi ma chance!

Hahahahaha. I get it the majority of you are what I like to call wishfull thinkers. Sorry but Iam a reaslist. I've ben watching football for a long time and I have see nit all be fore. I really hate burst all you're bbubbles but I have been right with everything Ive said about this team. Go back and find were I was wrong in any of my posts idare you. I am that dam good.

Carimi is a building block, like Tice said "an elite player." I am thrilled to hear he doesn't expect to be out long. Outside reports have had it sounding like a mysterious Marc Colombo-like injury. Go Gabe!

Let's hope Carimi is right and that he recovers quickly. He has looked pretty solid in general but has had his hands full and was beaten on blocks at times. I think he will develop faster than Chris Williams did, which, admittedly, is not saying much at this point.

Losing rookie tackle Gabe Carimi was a huge blow to the line, thankfully he wasn't lost for the season. Carimi is gonna be a player, watch this guy take the next step in 2012. Carimi came in as a rookie and took over the right tackle spot like a veteran. I think if Carimi stays injury free once he comes back and into next season, he'll be a Pro-Bowler.

I see Lance Louis practiced today, I'd like to see him back in the lineup, he gives the Bears some power inside. Louis had 5 knockdowns in 20 plays back in week one vs the Falcons. I think he's got real potential, he just has to stay on the field GO BEARS!!

Creighton, I hope you're wrong about Carimi. Admittedly he looks kinda oafish at times, like when he gets turned around in a 360 or when he loses his balance and falls on his butt (and he wasn't all that smooth at Wisconsin either), but Colombo looked like that, too, at Boston College and when he came up. He stuck with it, though, and ultimately started for a few years on a Cowboy line that was pretty solid. I know this sounds like more of that wishful thinking you scorn, but with Angelo picking the groceries, what else do we have? Don't misunderstand, he's horrible, beyond belief incompetent, and it's an outrage that he would say that no team did more than the Bears in the attempt to improve its line in the off-season. Worse thing, I think he's entered a slow (slower?) period, if you know what I mean, and probably believes what he said. You, hands down, know more than he does, agreed. But he doesn't love the Bears as much as you or I. Neither does Ruskell. They are both hacks

It would be interesting to understand your point of view if you were even able to spell.

So, if we look at the history of first round picks of the Bears, would you put this one down as better or worse than:

Chris Williams....
Greg Olsen...
2 picks for Jay Cutler...
Cedric Benson...
Tommy Harris...
Rex Grossman...
Michael Haynes....
Marc Colombo...

How many of these players are still in the league?

Let's give the "Hammer" a chance... He at least has the skills.

Nice try.

HELLO;
HEY WHO WAS THAT RUNNING BACK...THE BEARS 'HAD' TO CUT...#39?..#31 FROM NOTRE DAME...

I AM SURE...I BET THE HOUSE...THAT GUY WILL BE ALL-PRO...SOME DAY...
AND
A NICE GUY TOO

TAXI-SQUAD..PRACTICE TEAM...

LETS HOPE WE GET #22 SQUARED AWAY TOO HERE FOR WHOLE CAREER
AFTER-ALL...EACH RB. ON BEARS PLAYS 'UNDER' #34...WITH RESPECT QUIET RESPECT...
WATCH 39
KEEP HIP HIM CLOSE (CELL #)

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