Bears bracing to play without rookie right tackle Carimi

The Chicago Bears are bracing to be without first-round draft pick Gabe Carimi for an “extended period of time” after the rookie right tackle suffered a subluxation of his right knee.

Carimi was injured during the second quarter of Sunday’s loss at New Orleans.

Gabe had a serious injury," offensive line coach Mike Tice said. “He's an elite player, so you lost an elite player. That's never a good thing."

Carimi will not require surgery. He suffered the same injury before when he was at Wisconsin, but that happened during spring ball. The hope is he will return before the team’s bye on Oct. 30. This week, he’ll be replaced by veteran Frank Omiyale.

If Omiyale performs well, he could stay put. If he struggles against the Green Bay Packers, Tice might move Lance Louis to right tackle. Louis, who started the season at right guard, missed last week’s game with a sprained right ankle.

"When Lance comes back, we'll find a place for Lance to play," said Tice, who joked he's willing to try anything. "I actually lost 12 pounds and I'm trying my pads on tomorrow. I don't know if I have anything in me but the national anthem, but I'm going to certainly give it a whirl."

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