Bears O-lineman Gabe Carimi training in Arizona instead of at OTAs
BY ADAM L. JAHNS firstname.lastname@example.org May 14, 2013 9:22PM
Updated: June 16, 2013 6:37AM
Offensive lineman Gabe Carimi was a no-show for Bears organized team activities for the second day in a row Tuesday, casting doubts about his future with a team that has undergone many changes.
Attendance is voluntary for OTAs, but Carimi was the only notable veteran missing, despite being in competition for a roster spot after all of the Bears’ offseason moves. He informed the Bears he prefers to train on his own in Arizona, a source said.
He did attend a voluntary minicamp in April.
Carimi, the first-round pick in 2011, was never healthy last year after dislocating his right kneecap in Week 2 of his rookie season, leading to multiple surgeries.
‘‘Obviously we talk, and he’s doing what’s best for him,’’ center Roberto Garza said.
Coach Marc Trestman has said he sees Carimi as ‘‘more guard’’ than tackle. It has been expected that Carimi would compete against 2013 first-round pick Kyle Long, Matt Slauson and James Brown at that position.
With new teammates and coaches and an entirely new playbook, Garza said OTAs are crucial for linemen.
‘‘There’s a big process that has to go into us working together, and it starts here,’’ Garza said.