LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Whether the Chicago Bears will welcome back missing-in-action offensive lineman Gabe Carimi with "open arms" remains to be seen, but general manager Phil Emery does anticipate the former first-round pick attending next week's mandatory veterans minicamp.
The NFL's collective bargaining agreement states a player can be fined a maximum $66,150 if he misses all three days of a club's mandatory three-day minicamp.
Bears players are scheduled to undergo physicals Monday before practicing Tuesday through Thursday.
"That'll be up to Gabe," Emery said when asked whether Carimi will be present. "You may want to ask him that. I'm assuming that he will be. Certainly he wants to play and wants to play well, and I think that's why he's approached his training that way. Those are questions only Gabe can answer."
Emery said the organization has kept in contact with Carimi and his trainers in Arizona since the offensive lineman decided to leave the team and work out independently following the conclusion of the Bears' voluntary three-day minicamp in April.
"We've talked to Gabe and the individual who's training him. So yes, we're talking to him," Emery said. "We'd like all our players to be here, but Gabe made a decision that was best for Gabe so every individual player has to make those decisions. [Organized team activities are] voluntary, and we're going to respect that and we're going to respect Gabe in his decisions."