Bears rookie right tackle Gabe Carimi has suffered what a league source termed as a “minor” setback, and he won’t be able to play for a few more weeks.
It’s unclear exactly what is wrong. But the team remains hopeful that Carimi will be healthy and able to contribute toward the end of this season.
Carimi has missed the last six games with a partially dislocated right knee cap.
Bears offensive line coach Mike Tice said Carimi was playing the best of the linemen when he partially dislocated his knee in the second game of the season. But the unit has performed remarkably over the last three games, with Lance Louis playing better and better at right tackle.
Even when Carimi’s knees are fine, he may need at least another week to get his conditioning back to a proper level.
UPDATE: Bears announce that Carimi is set to undergo arthroscopic debridement procedure on his knee today.