Carimi Still Nursing Sore Knee, Out For Monday's Game...............
Bears' Carimi held out of practice with sore knee
By Brad Biggs, Tribune reporter 6:08 p.m. CDT, November 4, 2011
Right tackle Gabe Carimi was the only player to miss practice on Friday as the Chicago Bears held him out a day after he participated in his first fully padded workout since injuring his right knee Sept. 18 at New Orleans.
Coach Lovie Smith indicated it was an expected development after Carimi was worked hard in practice.
“His knee was a little sore, so we held him out of practice,” Smith said. “Besides that, we’re in pretty good shape.”
Carimi has not been scheduled to start Monday night at Philadelphia. The Bears will give Lance Louis his third start at right tackle with Chris Spencer making his sixth start at right guard.
Offensive coordinator Mike Martz and line coach Mike Tice have both said they are going to take their time waiting for Carimi to be ready to return. Given the development, it’s certainly possible Carimi will still be on the sideline when the Bears host the Detroit Lions on Nov. 13 at Soldier Field.
“We started working him a bit last week and we worked him pretty hard (Thursday),” Smith said. “So I think you should expect this to happen. We’re not rushing him back or anything like that. We just want to see it play out. He should be OK eventually.”
Carimi was the only player the Bears listed on their injury report.
The final report is not due out until Saturday. Only one Eagles player was held out Friday 00 defensive end Juqua Parker (ankle). Linebacker Akeem Jordan, who had been out with a concussion, was cleared to return and he practiced. The Eagles listed six other players as full participation – safety Nate Allen (knee), tight end Brent Celek (hip), offensive tackles King Dunlap (back) and Winston Justice (knee), running back LeSean McCoy (illness) and fullback Owen Schmitt (groin).
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