Bears' top pick Gabe Carimi will have knee surgery

Chicago Bears rookie offensive tackle Gabe Carimi, who was placed on injured reserve last month, will soon undergo surgery on his right knee.

Carimi suffered a subluxation of the knee in the Week 2 game at New Orleans, essentially a dislocation. It’s similar to an injury he suffered during his career at Wisconsin, where he was a four-year starter for the Badgers.

The first-round draft pick, selected No. 29 overall, will require about four months of rehabilitation. He’s expected to be ready well in advance of training camp.

Carimi is the second offensive lineman drafted in the first round by general manager Jerry Angelo in four years that has required surgery. Chris Williams, selected 14th overall in 2008, has surgery to correct a disk issue in his back during training camp his rookie season.

While some teams removed Williams from their draft boards because of the back issue, Carimi’s knee wasn’t too problematic for teams. Two scouts from other teams said he was given a “yellow” grade, meaning the clubs figured Carimi might require “maintenance” during his career. Carimi had arthroscopic surgery on the knee back on Nov. 11 when a "debridement" procedure was conducted.

"We had a concern when he came out," Angelo said. "He dislocated his knee (in college). And we had a medical grade. (It) was a concern, but he played with it. And we've had guys do it and play with it, no more so than a guy gets an ACL, gets his knee repaired and you draft him. As long as he passes your medical filter, you're fine. Most of these guys have something. He had something. He played a ton.

"Nobody flunked him (medically). Sometimes, you get a knee and you say, 'Well, there's a lot of gray' and then you say, 'We don't want to get even close to that.' It wasn't that. His knee was structurally sound, everything was fine."

Now, the Bears will look forward to Carimi being healed up as they view him as a pillar of the line for seasons to come.

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