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Friday, November 4, 2011
Gabe Carimi doesn't practice

By Jeff Dickerson

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Gabe Carimi's prospects of being active for the Philadelphia Eagles game took a hit on Friday, as the Chicago Bears rookie right tackle did not practice, according to the team's official injury report.

Carimi was listed as having full participation in practice the previous day. Although Lance Louis is scheduled to make his third consecutive start at right tackle, the club was hopeful to have Carimi back in uniform on Monday night.

"He put in a good day [Thursday] so his knee was a little sore so we held him out of practice [Friday]," Bears coach Lovie Smith said.

"We started working him a little bit last week, and we worked him pretty hard [Thursday] so I think you should expect this to happen. We're not rushing him back or anything like that. We just wanted to see how it played out. But he should be OK eventually."

Earlier in the week Bears offensive line coach Mike Tice also cautioned against assuming Carimi would be ready to immediately return to action following a five-game layoff.

"My experience with guys that come off these severe type injuries, like Gabe has, is you really don't want to have a plan to introduce him until you look at him and watch him on the practice field and I think at the same time we're all going to know he's ready to go," Tice said. "It's going to take some good, hard practices and wearing him down, getting him some endurance in that leg, confidence in that leg and each day he's getting better, taking a lot of plays out there. ... As soon as he gains that confidence in that leg, obviously he'll be back on the field.

With the exception of Carimi the entire Bears' roster had full participation on Friday.

For the Eagles, running back LeSean McCoy (illness), tight end Brent Celek (hip) and linebacker Akeem Jordan (concussion) all returned to the field. However, defensive end Juqua Parker was held out with an ankle injury.

Jeff Dickerson covers the Bears for and ESPN 1000.