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.