Carimi expects to be ready for minicamps this month

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Carimi expects to be ready for minicamps this month

One of the reasons the Bears did not spend a draft choice last month on an offensive lineman was that they see themselves as getting two No. 1 picks in for the 2012 season.

Gabe Carimi (2011s No. 1) was lost six quarters into his rookie season with a knee injury. Chris Williams (2008s) went down with a wrist injury in the ninth game.

Both are expected to be ready not only for the season but also for work before that.

Carimi said Saturday night at the black-tie Bears Care Gala charity event that he is hoping to be ready for the organized team activities beginning in two weeks and definitely for the veterans minicamp set for mid-June.

If we continue our progress, we should be doing minicamps, Carimi said. Im going to be in the mix. Theres never any promises. Its just getting healthy and getting back out there, thats the important thing.

Carimi is expected to open as the starting right tackle, where he was rated as the Bears best offensive lineman early last season.

Williams is a flex factor, a former tackle who settled at guard the past two seasons but whose future is projected to be back at tackle because of the cluster of experienced options at guard (Lance Louis, Chilo Rachal, Chris Spencer, Edwin Williams).

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The Cubs make their visit to the White House on Monday for their World Series celebration, and CSN will have you covered the entire way.

CSN will air and live stream the celebration, the official White House ceremony, featuring President Barack Obama, honoring the team’s first World Series title in 108 years.

CSN will deliver complete team on-air/online coverage of the event and up-to-the-second Twitter reports from Cubs beat reporter Kelly Crull (@Kelly_Crull) and CSNChicago.com’s Cubs Insider Patrick Mooney (@CSNMooney), which will include complete highlights from the day’s big D.C. celebration on SportsTalk Live at 5:30 p.m. and on In the Loop Prime at 10:00 p.m.

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