Gabe Carimi latest Bears' rookie lineman to require surgery

Another first-round offensive lineman for the Chicago Bears, another bad break.

The team announced this morning that Gabe Carimi, the club’s top pick this season, was scheduled to have arthroscopic knee surgery this morning. He is the third offensive lineman drafted in the first round by general manager Jerry Angelo to undergo surgery as a rookie.

Carimi suffered a subluxation of his right knee in Week 2 at New Orleans and has been sidelined since. He practiced last Thursday but has been sidelined since and coach Lovie Smith admitted last week that Carimi has not come along like the team expected.

Lance Louis, a guard, has been moved to right tackle and will make his fourth start there this Sunday when the Bears host the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field. At this point, it’s unknown if Carimi will return this season but considering the time he’s missed, it might be difficult for him to make it back onto the field this season. If the Bears continue to play well on the line, it will be even more challenging for Carimi to get back into the mix this season.

Left guard Chris Williams was a first-round pick in 2008, and he was forced to have back surgery during preseason. In 2002, Marc Colombo had surgery for a dislocated knee as a rookie.

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