The Chicago Bears have announced that rookie offensive tackle Gabe Carimi is scheduled to undergo "an arthroscopic debridement procedure on his knee Friday morning." The story was first reported by Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times, and then quickly confirmed in more detail by Larry Mayer of ChicagoBears.com.
Carimi, the Bears' 2011 first-round draft pick out of the University of Wisconsin, has not played since partially dislocating his knee cap in a week two game against the New Orleans Saints. The rookie will clearly be out for this week's game against Detroit Lions, but the Bears offensive line has actually solidified in Carimi's absence anyways. Right tackle Lance Louis has been playing very well in recent weeks, and was expected to keep a starting spot on the line under any circumstances.
The Bears have yet to announce any timetable for Carimi's return.