Knee Injury Haunted Gabe CarimiJune 10th, 2013
Former Outland Trophy winner and new Bucs tackle Gabe Carimi had a woeful first two years in the NFL. Many may remember him baptized by fire as a rookie, when San Francisco defensive end Aldon Smith owned Carimi and embarrassed him by sacking bratty Jay Cutler 5.5 times on Monday Night Football in 2011.
If that wasn’t insulting enough, Carimi has been hampered by a bum knee, so Jeff Dickerson of BSPN Chicago writes.
The 29th overall selection in the 2011 NFL draft, Carimi started just two games at right tackle for the Bears as a rookie before he suffered a season-ending knee injury that required multiple procedures to correct. Carimi’s knee appeared to cause him problems in his second season, but he did manage to start the first 10 games of 2012 at right guard before losing his job to veteran Jonathan Scott. Carimi spent the final weeks of the season playing both guard and tackle.
Now Joe has no idea if Carimi’s bum knee was the sole reason Carimi has stunk thus far, or if he simply has been poisoned by Mike Tice. Joe knows one thing: If Carimi is physically able to play, then Bucs offensive line wizard Bob Bostad, who developed Carimi at Wisconsin, should be able to get some use out of him.
Joe also knows the Bucs highly regard the team’s training and medical staff. Maybe with a top training staff (an area which the Bears have a very chequered past) and solid coaching from Bostad it was worth Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik investing a sixth-round pick in Carimi.