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Gabe Carimi is only Bear to skip first day of OTAs


The talk that 2011 first-round draft pick Gabe Carimi is in danger of getting cut will only heat up after Carimi skipped the first day of Organized Team Activities on Monday.

Carimi was the only Bear who was eligible to participate who didn’t show up, according to A few other Bears, most notably first-round draft pick Kyle Long, are not eligible to participate because of the NFL rule keeping players who are still in college from attending OTAs while their schools are still in session.

There’s no word on why Carimi did not attend, but when you’re fighting for a roster spot, every day you miss is a day when you don’t get a chance to prove yourself. And that’s particularly problematic on a team like the Bears, where the new coaching staff is taking its first look at the players.

Carimi did participate in the Bears’ voluntary three-day minicamp that ended on April 18, but he hasn’t participated in any workouts since then.

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28 Responses to “Gabe Carimi is only Bear to skip first day of OTAs”
  1. metalhead65 says: May 14, 2013 7:14 AM

    another wasted angelo pick, even when he did try and finally address the putrid line he grabbed a overrated product from wisconsin. not so easy in NFL as it was in the big ten running up the score against teams like IU is it? when you can’t start on a line as bad as the one the Bears had then that tells you all you need to know about this guy’s talent.

  2. bslice says: May 14, 2013 7:19 AM

    I remember this guy was a “cant miss” “day one starter” according to McShay and Kiper.

    Just remember this next April guys….the “draft experts” may not be as expert as we thought.

  3. rubicon202 says: May 14, 2013 7:32 AM

    maybe he has personal stuff to take of?

  4. niner13 says: May 14, 2013 7:35 AM

    I always considered them soothsayers, not experts.

  5. pkrjones says: May 14, 2013 7:37 AM

    Go ahead and blame Carimi, then cut him so that he has a chance to get some real NFL coaching. His offensive line coach, as a rookie, was Mike Tice. Then da Bears made the genius move of elevating Tice to offensive coordinator. Do you REALLY think Carimi had the coaching and development that other teams gave their young offensive linemen? The Bears were a disaster… and you’re blaming the 2010 Outland Trophy winner for not excelling in Chicago?

  6. briggsisbrokeagain says: May 14, 2013 7:56 AM

    I hear he told the bears he was concentrating on rehabbing his knee in Arizona and wouldn’t be there. He couldn’t move his feet last year and lost some strength because of the knee injury and the inability to lift weights because of it. Maybe he’ll benefit from whatever he’s doing in Arizona, but I can’t imagine this helps his chances to keep his roster spot with the bears?

  7. larryboodry says: May 14, 2013 8:02 AM

    I keep hoping Carimi will turn it around, but so far it hasn’t been pretty.

  8. britishteeth says: May 14, 2013 8:09 AM

    Coaching staff better be right about J’Marcus Webb. I have a feeling Carimi gets cut and goes on to become a Pro Bowler for someone else. Meanwhile Webb continues to be……Webb.

  9. gbfanforever says: May 14, 2013 8:10 AM

    I remember back in 93 the Vikings picked a defensive tackle who wasn’t working out instantly so they cut him. The packers quickly signed the guy. I wonder if Gabe could be the next Gilbert brown?

  10. coachkilla6 says: May 14, 2013 8:32 AM

    The decision to cut this Bears Hall of Famer has already been made. Why would he show up for practice? I mean, it’s practice. We’re talking about practice here. Practice.

  11. kabasaman says: May 14, 2013 8:38 AM

    Maybe you should write why he is missing OTA’s… He is working on his strength in Arizona. Or at least, he better be!

  12. bla bla bla says: May 14, 2013 8:42 AM

    Or Carimi goes on to become a Pro-Bowler elsewhere.

  13. ditkabutkus says: May 14, 2013 8:45 AM

    Carimi would rather stay in Arizona and train instead of working with Aaron Kromer up at Halas Hall.

    Would be a shame to have to cut a 1st rounder this quick, with him having fully guaranteed salary this year, and 1/2 next year.

  14. steelrezerve says: May 14, 2013 8:54 AM

    Jay Cutler hopes he doesn’t show…

  15. robrose68 says: May 14, 2013 8:57 AM

    Actually there is word, from ESPN Chicago

    “Carimi felt working out in Arizona gave him the best opportunity to return to the field healthy and avoid the knee problems that have plagued him the last two years, a source said. ”

    He was in attendance at the voluntary camp held in April.

  16. floratiotime says: May 14, 2013 9:07 AM

    What a bust … and now an attitude problem. All he needs next is to get arrested.

  17. kelmcc says: May 14, 2013 9:55 AM

    Kiper and McShay never said he was “can’t miss”. They said of all the rookie OLs, Carimi was most likely to start on day 1… not because he was such a talent, but because the Bears had next-to-nobody they could legitimately start.

    McShay said teams picking where Giants and Bears were at would be reaching on Carimi, but it would be a good risk.

  18. learysdisciples says: May 14, 2013 9:58 AM

    Carimi had a lumpy head.

  19. twonis says: May 14, 2013 10:21 AM

    Maybe his problem has been a matter of motivation. If my job was protecting Jay Cutler, and he reamed me out on national television like that, I would probably let him get flattened a few times too.

    Come home to Wisconsin, Gabe. Come where you will have a QB worth protecting, then we’ll see what you’re made of.

  20. myleakyhouse says: May 14, 2013 10:22 AM

    It’s weird that the Trib website has nothing on this yet. Maybe there’s more to this story than meets the eye.

  21. pencepost says: May 14, 2013 10:25 AM

    If he gets cut, I can only imagine it being for very poor work ethic, which is hard to imagine coming from a Wisconsin offensive lineman who was team captain. He was injured and out most of his rookie year, and jumped all over the line playing different positions last year. It’s way too early to give up on this guy, unless for some reason he’s given up on himself.

  22. daflabear says: May 14, 2013 11:18 AM

    Good grief, give the guy a break!
    He is a high character individual, I’m sure he cleared this with the Bears!
    Why do we put every friggin move under a microscope?

  23. onbucky96 says: May 14, 2013 11:31 AM

    Do you understand the word VOLUNTARY?

  24. chi01town says: May 14, 2013 12:07 PM

    Cut this clown now! he had his chances just like the rest of last years O-line. the Bears should put
    a whole new line in front of Cutler

  25. filthymcnasty1 says: May 14, 2013 12:12 PM

    Kyle Long flunked out of Florida State.

  26. tanzim12 says: May 14, 2013 1:50 PM

    Look at all the packer fans ( aka Wisconsin homers) rush to the defense of Carimi. If this was lets say an Illinois product all the cheeseheads would be rushing in here to ridicule the Bears. You have to love their idiotic loyalty. Here’s the deal Carimi had injury history in college and now that has translated into the NFL. He might be good but we’ll never know b/c he’s always hurt. BTW Packer fans when you cut Sherrod I hope he comes to the Bears and becomes a Hall of Famer. Just bad coaching by the Cheeseturds.

  27. heyguru1969 says: May 14, 2013 1:54 PM

    And just when he was becoming a household name, too. Ever since he played at (wherever he played college), he’s really carved out a niche for himself in (whatever niche he’s carved out). Wait — who is it we’re talking about again?

  28. majbobby says: May 14, 2013 6:17 PM

    Before you cut him call the Bills. We will take him off your hands for a 5th.

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