Monday, September 19, 2011
Gabe Carimi is latest injured Bears starter
By Kevin Seifert
The Chicago Bears' medical fortunes have already taken a turn for the worse after last year's nearly injury-free run to the NFC North championship.
The latest: Rookie right tackle Gabe Carimi has been diagnosed with a dislocated right knee, according to Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com. Carimi won't play Sunday against the Green Bay Packers and could miss an extended period of time. Veteran Frank Omiyale replaced Carimi during Sunday's 30-13 loss to the New Orleans Saints and is the likely option at right tackle moving forward.
Carimi is the second member of the Bears' offensive line to suffer a significant injury. Right guard Lance Louis missed Sunday's game because of an ankle injury and his status for the Packers is uncertain.
In total, three Week 1 starters -- Louis, safety Chris Harris and receiver Roy Williams -- missed Sunday's game against the Saints. The status of receiver Earl Bennett (bruised chest) is also uncertain.
Last season, the Bears' Week 1 starting lineup lost only 10 games to injuries en route to the division title.