NEW ORLEANS, LA - SEPTEMBER 18: Gabe Carimi #72 of the Chicago Bears is helped off the field at the Louisiana Superdome on September 18, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints defeated the Bears 30-13.(Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
There could be another reshuffling of the Bears offensive line after Lance Louis returned to practice Thursday.
"We'd like to get Lance back and get Lance in the mix," said Offensive Line coach Mike Tice. "He was one of our starter the first week"
Frank Omiyale is slated to start Sunday against the Packers at right tackle, and Chris Spencer is expected to start at right guard, but it's unclear where Louis will play.
The Bears are so high on the second year offensive lineman who is a converted tight end, he could show up anywhere on the line -- inside or out. Tice assured reporters. "We'll find a place for Lance to play."
Gabe Carimi was playing at an elite level before a recurring knee cap injury sidelined him for an extended period of time. Carimi said he can put weight on it now and walk, but the pain in the kneecap still exists. He can't compare it to when he suffered the same injury in college at Wisconsin because it was a Bowl game and he didn't get treatment, instead went home.
"You always want to make sure when you come back that its gonna be for the whole season no one want you to come back for half a game then miss more" Carimi explained.
And for the first time the Wisconsin native wont be cheering for his boyhood team, the Green Bay Packers come Sunday. "Its hard for me to admit that I rooted for the Packers"
Carimi laughed off his former allegience. But no one is laughing about more changes on the line and the challenges that presents.
Jay Cutler said its no time to panic, but his frustrations at getting sacked 11 times in two games is apparent. The offense must be on the same page Sunday with the Packers exotic blitzes on the way. Cutler knows his job, he wants to be sure everyone else on offense knows their's.