Chicago Bears: Justin Blackmon

Carimi hopes to partake in April camp

February, 25, 2012
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CHICAGO -- Chicago Bears right tackle Gabe Carimi said his surgically-repaired right knee is now pain free, and he’s aiming to participate in the team’s first offseason camp in April.

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Dennis Wierzbicki/US PresswireGabe Carimi played in just two games as a rookie in 2011.

“That’s what we’re looking for,” Carimi said Saturday night at a charity event for the Jewish National Fund. “We’re making good progress. Getting me out there as soon as possible is a major thing.”

Carimi, the Bears' first-round pick in 2011, injured his right knee in the second game of the season. He tried to rehab the knee without surgery. But after a setback, he underwent arthroscopic surgery on his knee in early November and went on injured reserve list. He had a second surgery in late December to repair connective tissue around his patella and medial collateral ligament.

Carimi said he’s rehabbing five days a week at Halas Hall along with Johnny Knox and Patrick Mannelly. But the former civil engineering major wouldn’t put a firm number, percentage-wise, on his condition.

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