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Tuesday, May 14, 2013
BBAO: Gabe Carimi skips Bears' workouts

By Kevin Seifert

We're Black and Blue All Over:

Monday nights in May are not supposed to be as newsy as yesterday's was. We noted the unveiling of the Minnesota Vikings' new stadium/Fortress of Solitude, but several other items popped up as well. We'll start with the absence of Chicago Bears offensive lineman Gabe Carimi from offseason workouts.

As Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com reported, Carimi hasn't worked out with the team since April 18, the conclusion of a three-day veteran minicamp. Instead, he is working out on his own in Arizona, and on Monday, he was the only eligible player who didn't participate in the Bears' first organized team activity (OTA).

It's important to note that workouts and OTAs are all voluntary under the collective bargaining agreement (CBA). The only mandatory event is the second veteran minicamp, which the Bears will hold next month. But fair or not, players who skip offseason workouts usually don't endear themselves to the coaching staff -- especially a new one like the Bears'.

The Bears worked Carimi mostly at guard in their April minicamp, and it appears he will have to win a competition just to ensure a roster spot. The team has signed veteran guard Matt Slauson and also drafted guard Kyle Long in the first round. Regardless, it has been a quick and hard fall for a player who was a No. 1 draft pick himself just two years ago.

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