Bears injured rookie right tackle is out for the season after the Bears placed him on injured reserve, a week after Carimi suffered a setback in his rehabilitation from the partially dislocated kneecap he suffered in Week 2 against the New Orleans Saints.
Levi Horn, a second-year tackle from Montana, was promoted from the practice squad to take Carimi's place on the roster.
The ending of Carimi's season was not a big surprise after the setback in his rehab, but a disappointment nonetheless. Even in just the six quarters he played this season, Carimi was considered the Bears' best offensive lineman.
"Disappointed yes, but he's been out a while,'' Smith said. ''We've played most of the season without him. Gabe eventually will be a great player for us. But right now other guys have stepped up and we've moved on.''
Smith also indicated that nickel back D.J. Moore likely will not play against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday at Soldier Field because of an ankle injury he suffered in practice on Wednesday. He is listed as doubtful.
''He hasn't responded the way we wanted,'' Smith said. ''We'll see how it goes. If he has a miraculous healing or something between now and then, we'll consider letting him go, but it's not looking good.''