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Friday, November 18, 2011
A lost season for Bears rookie Gabe Carimi

By Kevin Seifert

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The Chicago Bears carried rookie right tackle Gabe Carimi on their active roster for as long as they could. But with his prospects for a late-season return growing bleaker by the day, and after the loss of another starter forced some roster re-shuffling, the Bears placed Carimi on injured reserve Friday.

Carimi hasn't played, and has participated in only one practice, since dislocating his knee in Week 2. It's been mostly a lost season for a highly-touted rookie whom the Bears were trying to transition to a new position, but there is every reason to believe he will be ready to re-join the starting lineup in 2012. It would have been nice to keep Carimi active for the sake of eventual practice repetitions, whether or not he played in games, but the Bears can't afford that luxury.

Left guard Chris Williams (wrist) was placed on injured reserve earlier this week, and general manager Jerry Angelo told the team's web site that "it became tough for us to hold a roster spot [for Carimi] given our numbers on the offensive line with Chris going down last week."

Indeed, the Bears have promoted two members of their practice squad to the active roster in recent days: Ricky Henry and Levi Horn. Veteran Frank Omiyale is the other backup now that Edwin Williams has replaced Chris Williams at left guard.