Chicago Bears Should Shut Down Tackle Gabe Carimi Now

Michael GibbonsCorrespondent IINovember 11, 2011

NEW ORLEANS, LA - SEPTEMBER 18:  Gabe Carimi #72 of the Chicago Bears is helped off the field at the Louisiana Superdome on September 18, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The Saints defeated the Bears 30-13.(Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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The Chicago Bears need to shut down Gabe Carimi and put an end to his promising rookie season.

For the sake of Carimi and the franchise the move needs to be made.

Carimi underwent an operation Friday on his knee, which he suffered a partial dislocation in during the week three matchup against the Packers. He was expected back for last week’s game against the Eagles but was only able to practice one day due to pain in his knee.

The minute I saw Carimi go down I immediately thought of the last time a Bears’ rookie tackle got hurt. Marc Colombo was the 29th pick in the first round in 2002 just like Carimi. During a game against the St. Louis Rams Colombo suffered a dislocated patella and nerve damage. The injury cost Colombo the remainder of his rookie season plus all of the 2003 year. Colombo spent four injury plagued years with the Bears and after being released signed with the Cowboys.

At this point the Bears’ offensive line seems to be finally coming together and gelling. With Lance Louis sliding over from left guard to left tackle and Chris Spencer filling the left guard spot the Bears’ line had their best game of the season, allowing zero sacks against the Eagles.

Could Carimi help this team going forward?

Probably but after this procedure he is expected to miss a few more weeks and at that point how effective will he be.

Right now with Louis and Webb as the starters that leaves Frank Omiyale as the third tackle. If Omiyale was starting at one of the spots my opinion might be very different however Louis has stepped in and been a pleasant surprise.

I think going forward it would be best for the Bears to place Carimi on the injured reserve list and sign a healthy player to fill in as the emergency fourth tackle. Allow Carimi to get fully recovered and be 100 percent healthy for the start of training camp next season.

If the Bears decide not to do that and keep Carimi on the active roster I would say they would be better off not playing him. The injury originally wasn’t expected to require surgery but now that it has it is probably better for him to be a healthy scratch if they insist on keeping him on the active roster. Keep him as the reserve tackle unless something awful happens like Omiyale being put in the starting lineup.