Tackle Gabe Carimi, lost in week two last season with a knee injury that required surgeries in November and December, has been working out at Halas Hall and says hes hoping to be back on the field in time for the teams first offseason camp in April.
Carimi told Jon Greenberg over at ESPNChicago.com that he doesnt have pain when he gets into his stance or moves around, giving a small injection of optimism into the Bears offseason.
Carimi considered his injury a freak thing, which hopefully will be one of the last for a position group that has had five different starters at right tackle alone and four different right guards in the past two seasons.
Then line coach Mike Tice dubbed Carimi the Bears best offensive lineman at the time of Carimis injury, which forced fills with Frank Omiyale and Lance Louis the final 14 games. Omiyales play put him in significant roster risk this offseason despite having a year to play on the multi-year contract he signed in 2009.
PHOENIX – If the Bears intend to cut ties with Deiondre' Hall after the first-year cornerback become involved in an ugly police incident last weekend, they have not indicated their decision yet. They have, however, begun looking at a possible position change for Hall as they gather information on events of last Saturday night.
Hall was tasered by police in Cedar Falls, Ia., after he and a former Northern Iowa University teammate were allegedly involved in a fight at a bar. Hall was arrested and cited for disorderly conduct, public intoxication and interference. Hall allegedly spit in the officers' faces, according to an affidavit, police saying that an officer used a Taser on Hall's legs in order to get him into a squad car.
GM Ryan Pace confirmed that the team is still gathering information and said, "it's just [that] the circumstances are a little disappointing, to be honest with you. We're aware of it, it's just kind of gathering more facts as we go forward."
Pace has spoken to Hall and said that the team wanted to investigate thoroughly, "but the circumstances surrounding it are obviously disappointing."
In the meantime, the 2016 fourth-round draft choice is slated to be tried at safety when the team convenes for the start of offseason work. Hall played the position in college, and has traits that the Bears value at the safety position.
"One of Deiondre's best traits is his ball skills, his ball clock, the ability to time the pass breakup," Pace said. "He's very natural at playing safety and that's one of the reasons we drafted him, because he has the versatility to do both. That's something we're going to talk about this offseason and he could start taking some reps there in the offseason program."
Cornerback Kyle Fuller, who missed all of last season following arthroscopic knee surgery in mid-August, will stay at cornerback.
Kristin Cavallari continues to chronicle husband Jay Cutler's life as a free agent in the most epic way possible.
With a revealing Instagram photo Tuesday morning, she may have hinted at a position change for the former Bears QB...to tight end! (Get it?)
For the NSFW version, head to KCavs' Instagram page.
Smokin' Jay takes on a whole new meaning now.
It's still apparent Jay Cutler just "DOON'T CAAAREE."
There are so many Bears jokes and puns to be made here:
Once a bare, always a bare?
Bare at heart?
Looks like he's in some bare weather.
We know who KCavs' tight end sleeper is in fantasy football this year. No ifs ands or butts about it.
OK I'm out.