Today at Bears practice, Lovie Smith revealed some disappointing Bears injury news. Lovie said that wide receiver Earl Bennett, and right tackle Gabe Carimi, are going to be "out for a while".

Offensive line coach Mike Tice went into further detail about Carimi's situation:

“Gabe had a serious injury,” Tice said. “He’s had it before. Hopefully, it’s not going to be forever but it’s going to be an extended period of time. It’s unfortunate because he was really playing good football for us and now you’ve got to replace it. He’s an elite player, so you lost an elite player.”
Source: Chicago Tribune

The Carimi injury news isn't surprising, as I told you on Monday how he reportedly had a dislocated right knee. The specifics of Carimi's injury have been in question since then, though, with some reports claiming he could only miss a couple of weeks. It appears that the official diagnosis is a "knee subluxation"(a partial dislocation of the knee), which he indeed suffered in college as Tice alluded to.

Replacing Carimi for at least this week, will be right tackle Frank Omiyale, who looked very bad in replacement of Carimi against the Saints.

As for Bennett, he's dealing with a chest injury, and I've yet to find a clear diagnosis on what all it entails. Lovie coming right out and saying that Bennett will be out for a while surely is not a good sign though. Look for Dane Sanzenbacher to get much playing time in the slot as he did against the Saints, and to be a frequent third down target for Cutler in Bennett's absence.

As for the rest of the Bears' injuries:

Safety Major Wright missed practice with his head/neck injury, but Lovie made it sound as though it's not a serious injury.

Chris Harris was limited in practice, but his hamstring is feeling better, and he expects to be a game-time decision.

Also limited in practice were wide receiver Roy Williams(groin), running back Marion Barber(calf), and right guard Lance Louis(ankle).


The Packers are dealing with some injuries to key players of their own.

Sunday, they lost outstanding safety Nick Collins for the season to a neck injury.

Today, elite cornerback Charles Woodson(foot), and pass-rushing menace Clay Matthews(quadriceps) missed practice.

Additionally, cornerback Tramon Williams(who missed their games against the Panthers), tackle Chad Clifton, defensive end Ryan Pickett, and cornerback Davon House were all limited in practice today.

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