Last week, 2011 Bears first round pick Gabe Carimi was benched at right tackle in favor of veteran Jonathan Scott. But on Sunday against the Vikings, injuries to guards Lance Louis and Chris Spencer forced the Bears to put Carimi in at right guard.
On Monday it was revealed that Lance Louis suffered at torn ACL on the cheap shot he took from Vikings defensive end Jared Allen, so his season is over (and he's looking at 8-10 months to recovery). And on Wednesday morning, ESPN Chicago's Michael Wright said he's hearing Spencer will likely be out 1-2 weeks.
The timetable on Chris Spencer is 1-2 weeks, according to NFL source familiar w/situation.So, with that knowledge, you'd immediately assume that Carimi would be back at right guard this week, at least while newly signed veteran Andre Gurode takes some time to learn the offense and get into game shape. And Carimi indeed confirmed on Wednesday afternoon that (as of now) he will be starting at right guard on Sunday against the Seahawks:
— Michael C. Wright (@mikecwright) November 28, 2012
Reporter to Gabe Carimi: Have they told you you're the right guard this week? Carimi: "Yeah. As of now that's where it is."It's to be assumed that Edwin Williams will be the starting left guard after he replaced Spencer at the position against the Vikings.
— Zach Zaidman (@ZachZaidman) November 28, 2012
Carimi actually did a solid job in the game at right guard, and perhaps the position will end up being a better fit for him than right tackle was. He's a much better run blocker than pass blocker, and has the strength to handle the bigger bodies on the inside.
Jay Cutler was asked if he would have trouble seeing over Carimi, who's 6'7". Cutler responded with, "I don't care if he's (Carimi) 6'10". If he does his job, I'll find a way."
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