Carimi slowly working his way back


Carimi slowly working his way back

A day after was able to do some light work at practice, tackle Gabe Carimi spent Wednesdays OTA session wearing his No. 72 jersey but also a baseball cap and sitting out any sort of practice work. Thats how its going to be for a while with the 2011 No. 1 draft choice as he tries to return from a season-ending knee injury and two subsequent surgeries.

Were taking it slow right now, team review and individual and stuff like that, Carimi said Wednesday. But its feeling great. I feel like Im explosive off of it right now, and hopefully Ill keep progressing and get even better.

So do the Bears, after line coach Mike Tice declared Carimi our best offensive lineman at the time of Carimis injury.

He isnt going to be hurried, and practices this time of year are of marginal value as far as determining the playing condition of linemen.

On Wednesday it was journeyman Mansfield Wrotto and undrafted rookie free agent James Brown stepping in at right tackle, with JMarcus Webb and Chris Williams taking snaps at left tackle.

We always had a plan that we werent going to practice today, so I get to come out tomorrow and get to do what I did on Tuesday, Carimi said.

Bastian Schweinsteiger happy with Manchester United's Europa League win

Bastian Schweinsteiger happy with Manchester United's Europa League win

Bastian Schweinsteiger's time with Manchester United wound down with him being essentially frozen out of the team for an extended period, but he was still happy to see his former teammates win a European trophy on Wednesday.

Man U beat Ajax 2-0 to win the Europa League final in Stockholm. The win sealed a berth in next year's Champions League for the Red Devils.

Despite the way Schweinsteiger's tenure in England ended, the German midfielder has still said positive things about the club since leaving for the Chicago Fire in March. He tweeted out a good luck message to the team ahead of the final.

Paul Pogba scored in the first half and Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored in the second half to seal United's win and the trophy to end a season that included a sixth-place finish in the Premier League.

Schweinsteiger didn't play in any Premier League matches this season, but his last appearance for the Manchester club was as a subtitute in the Europa League round of 32 at French club Saint-Etienne.

Training with the Fire on Wednesday kept him from watching the whole final, but he said he did watch what he could.

“I’m happy for United," Schweinsteiger said after the Fire's 2-1 win against Dallas. "I’m happy for them. They are a good team and I’m happy they can play in Champions League next year.”

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