Bears OL Carimi still settling in to NFL

Associated Press Modified: October 9, 2012 at 4:32 pm •  Published: October 9, 2012
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Drafted with the 29th pick out of Wisconsin in 2011, he was expected to be a key part of the line last season. Instead, he played about a game and a half, making two starts before he went down in Week 2 against New Orleans.

Tice warned in the early going that Carimi was a work in progress, that he might struggle after working his way back from the injury, and through five games, the results seem to support that.

Carimi has shown some promise, but he also has six penalties and has allowed 3 ½ sacks. Against Jacksonville, he mentioned the crowd and heat when asked about the false starts, but fundamentals were a big issue, too.

"You've got to sit in there and make sure you don't rock back at all," Carimi said. "That's what it was. It wasn't like I was jumping offside. I was rocking back a little bit before the snap, and that's what they called me on. Now, I know that. I'll correct it, and it won't happen again."

Tice said he played well overall, but he acknowledged the penalties and the sack stand out.

"But then you have to look at his overall body of work," Tice added. "He was extremely physical and did a lot of great things in that football game. He had the (holding) penalty, two offsides and the sack. You can't have those things but he's a smart player. He works his trade every day. It's not always going to look pretty, what he does, and that's why we have him on the right side. He's going to give us everything he has every play and that's when some of those things are going to happen.

"The offsides penalties I can't handle," Tice continued. "Once in a while you're going to get a holding call and you're going to give up a sack. But the offsides he's got to eliminate."

Notes: Coach Lovie Smith insisted WR Alshon Jeffery's injury is "minor" even though he is expected to miss a few games with what several outlets reported is a broken right hand. He was injured on a touchdown catch on the first play of the third quarter. Losing Jeffery is a blow for the Bears, although the fact that they will likely get Earl Bennett back for the next game against Detroit on Oct. 22 softens it a bit. Bennett has missed the past two games with a hand injury.

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