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Bears rookie report: Week Two

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Dan Parr

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By Dan Parr

Week Two was a painful one for the Bears' first-round pick, ORT Gabe Carimi. He left the game late in the second quarter with a knee injury and did not return. It was reported Monday that Carimi suffered a dislocated right kneecap, which is likely to keep him sidelined for at least a couple more games.

As for the other Bears rookies, WR Dane Sanzenbacher stood out. He scored the Bears' only touchdown of the game, connecting with Jay Cutler on an eight-yard catch over the middle to give a Bears a lead they in the first quarter that they would not hold for long. Sanzenbacher made three catches for 33 yards, but also dropped a third-down pass that would have given the Bears a first down in the third quarter.

We had our first look at Chris Conte, Chicago's third-round pick, playing safety, as he was called upon to step in at the injury-depleted position. He was on the field for WR Devery Henderson's 79-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter and whiffed as he dove to tackle Henderson from behind. It was Major Wright who was out of position in coverage, however. Conte was credited with two tackles Sunday.

Dom DeCicco, the undrafted backup linebacker and special-teamer, made a tackle on the opening kick return of the second half, stopping the dangerous Darren Sproles after a return of 24 yards. DeCicco's fellow undrafted special-teamers, S Winston Venable and TE Kyle Adams, contributed on special teams but were not credited with any statistics.

DE Mario Addison, also undrafted, was active after being a healthy scratch last week, but wasn't used in the defensive-end rotation.

Fifth-round pick QB Nathan Enderle and second-round pick DT Stephen Paea were inactive for the second straight week.

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