Bears rookie offensive right tackle Gabe Carimi, already on injured reserve following Nov. 11 arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, has decided to have additional surgery later this month, according to team sources.
Carimi suffered a subluxation (partial dislocation) of the knee in the second quarter of the Bears' Week Two loss to the New Orleans Saints. At the time, Bears offensive line coach Mike Tice called the first-round pick (No. 29 overall) the team's "best offensive lineman." Carimi had a similar injury during his two-time All-American career at Wisconsin, where he also won the Outland Trophy, which is given to the top offensive lineman ion the country as a senior.
The 6-foot-7, 316-pound Carimi attempted to return to practice in November, but in his first full practice on Nov. 7 he aggravated the injury and was placed on injured resever list on Nov. 18.
The latest procedure is expected to tighten and stabilize the knee and will require 3-4 months of rehabilitation. Carimi is expected to be fully recovered well before the start of training camp in late July.
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