Carimi feels good after live drills

Gabe Carimi was happy to get his first live drillls out of the way with no setback. AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- Chicago Bears starting right tackle Gabe Carimi reported no health problems one day after participating in live drills for the first time since he partially dislocated his right knee cap in Week 2 of the 2011 regular season against the New Orleans Saints. Carimi eventually underwent several procedures on the knee which wiped out the majority of his rookie season and forced him to miss a good portion of the club's offseason workout program.

"Overall, the good point to take away (from the first practice) was that my knee didn't hurt while I was out there and I didn't really think about it while I was out there," Carimi said on Sunday. "There are a lot of positives (to draw from Saturday) after not putting the pads on for ten months and finally going back out there after almost a year of not playing.'

"It was a good one to get under the belt for sure."

Carimi said he felt confident his knee would hold up during the first fully padded practice.

"That would be suicidal to have doubt but I knew there would be some rust," Carimi said. "I knew it wasn't going to be exactly where I left off at, but I think there were some good positive notes. I don't think I was that far off the mark where it'll be pretty easy to get back."