During Week 2 last season, Chicago Bears first-round draft pick Gabe Carimi dislocated his knee against the New Orleans Saints. He had surgery to repair the injury but had a setback after the Week 8 bye, which required a scope and another surgery. He was placed on injured reserve shortly thereafter.
He has not practiced in full yet this offseason and was on the sidelines during this afternoon's OTA session.
After practice today, Carimi said he'll begin working with his teammates this week.
"I'm out to practice tomorrow," he said. "If that goes well I'll be out all of next week and then minicamp too."
Carimi said if the knee holds up, then he, the trainers and the coaching staff will reassess his progress to see if he can take all the reps in veteran minicamp the second week of June.
He said he practiced yesterday but only during the two light portions of the session, yet he'll be full go tomorrow.
"I did individual and I did team review. That's more than 50 percent of the time [of yesterday's practice]."
In Carimi's absence, the Bears have been rotating rookies James Brown and A.J. Greene, as well as journeyman Mansfield Wrotto at right tackle. Yet with any luck, that rotation will end shortly and Carimi will be able to take all the right-tackle reps.
"I feel great. I would've practiced today but we're taking it slow," said Carimi. "There's no reason to push it right now. It's OTAs."
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