Bears rookie offensive tackle Gabe Carimi returned to the practice field Wednesday.
A source with knowledge of the team’s thinking cautioned against optimistic expectations for Carimi, saying the tackle has “practiced some” but “would not call it back [to 100 percent].”
Carimi hadn’t practiced since partially dislocating his right kneecap against the New Orleans Saints on Sept. 18.
“Everything is right on track with what we were expecting,” the Wisconsin alum said.
It appears the plan might be to work the former Badger back into the lineup gradually, an indication the Bears could go into the Monday night game at Philadelphia after this week’s bye with Chris Spencer playing right guard and Lance Louis playing right tackle.
Once the staff is confident in Carimi’s recovery process he will return to the starting lineup with Louis moving back to right guard.
Jay Cutler had this to say about Gabe returning:
“When we get Gabe back, we’ll see what happens,” Cutler said. “[Whether] he’s gonna be back or not, the way those guys are playing right now with Lance and Chris at the right guard, they’re playing well. We can build on that, and keep getting better.”