With only two OTA practices remaining, the Chicago Bears do not expect to see former first-round pick Gabe Carimi until next week’s minicamp.

The Bears went through their eighth OTA on Tuesday at Halas Hall and general manager Phil Emery reiterated what he said last month: Carimi will be welcomed when he returns. The club’s top pick in 2011 has been training almost exclusively with former Pro Bowl center LeCharles Bentley in Scottsdale, Ariz., this offseason. He did attend a voluntary three-day minicamp in mid-March.

“Gabe is doing what he feels is best for Gabe and I think I've said it in the past, we'll welcome him with open arms when he comes,” Emery said. “I look forward to seeing how he's doing.”

The fine for missing the mandatory minicamp would be steep. According to the collective bargaining agreement, a player could be fined $11,025 for the first day he missed, $22,050 for a second missed day and $33,075 for a third unexcused absence. That total of $66,150 would cut into Carimi’s base pay of $1,016,458 for this season.

Emery said the team has been in contact with both Carimi and Bentley, presumably monitoring his progress as best as possible. New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin has been blunt in saying he is disappointed that wide receiver Hakeem Nicks has not shown up for his club’s OTA’s, going as far as to say it is expected. Emery wouldn’t approach that fine line for what are voluntary workouts. Carimi is the only player on the roster to regularly miss the offseason program.