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Matt Kalil | Tackle | #75

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (27) / 7/6/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'7' / 317
College: USC
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 1 (4) / MIN
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Contract-year LT Matt Kalil (hip, I.R.) said he'd "love" to re-sign with the Vikings.
"I'd love to stay here the rest of my career," Kalil said. "This is the team I started out with. Good place to finish my career." Kalil didn't live up to his draft status as the No. 4 overall pick in 2012, but he's lightyears better than what the Vikings have been forced to trot out there since he went on injured reserve in September. Jake Long and T.J. Clemmings have been nightmares. Mon, Nov 14, 2016 06:36:00 PM

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Updating a previous item, Vikings LT Matt Kalil underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip and will miss the remainder of the season.

He's already been placed on injured reserve but isn't a candidate to be the Vikings' designated-for-return player. T.J. Clemmings will take over at left tackle after starting all 17 games on the right side as a rookie. Former No. 4 overall pick Kalil will be a free agent next March after an up-and-down Vikings tenure.
Source: vikings.com
Fri, Sep 23, 2016 09:54:00 AM

Vikings placed LT Matt Kalil on injured reserve with a hip injury.

Kalil isn't as big of a loss as Teddy Bridgewater (knee) or Adrian Peterson (knee), but he plays a premium position and will be hard to replace, even if Kalil has been a bust as the former No. 4 overall pick. Look for 2015 fourth-rounder T.J. Clemmings to step in after making all 17 starts at right tackle as a rookie. Clemmings was PFF's No. 63 overall tackle out of 76 qualifiers in 2015.
Wed, Sep 21, 2016 12:22:00 PM

Vikings LT Matt Kalil (hip) is questionable for Week 2 against the Packers.

He returned to a limited practice on Friday, putting him on track for Sunday night's home opener. Kalil didn't miss a snap in last week's win over Tennessee.
Fri, Sep 16, 2016 04:05:00 PM

Vikings LT Matt Kalil (hip) didn't practice on Wednesday.

The 27-year-old hurt his leg in training camp but this appears to be a new injury. Kalil played all 63 snaps in Sunday's win over Tennessee, so it's unclear when the injury occurred. If he can't go for Week 2, T.J. Clemmings would be a candidate to fill in at left tackle.
Wed, Sep 14, 2016 05:26:00 PM

Vikings LT Matt Kalil (leg) returned to practice Monday.

Kalil was sidelined the last couple weeks of camp with a leg injury, but he looks on track to play Week 1. A bounce-back season by Kalil would go a long way to helping Sam Bradford settle in with the Vikings.
Mon, Sep 5, 2016 12:20:00 PM

Vikings LT Matt Kalil has been sidelined all week with a leg injury.

Kalil suffered the injury in Sunday's session and has not practiced since. The severity and the specific nature of the issue are not yet known, but it is a concern with just over two weeks until the season opener. T.J. Clemmings should start the third preseason game at left tackle in his place.
Fri, Aug 26, 2016 11:58:00 PM

Vikings LT Matt Kalil endured his first surgery-free offseason since 2013.

"This is the earliest I've worked out in a long time," Kalil said. "I'm getting stronger now every day, rather than going into camp and playing catch-up all the time." After turning in a brutal 2014 campaign, Kalil was only slightly better last year while coming off multiple knee surgeries. He's finally healthy and entering a contract year. It's an obvious make-or-break season for Kalil.
Source: ESPN.com
Thu, Jun 2, 2016 03:18:00 PM

Vikings LT Matt Kalil lost first-team snaps to Jeremiah Sirles at OTAs Wednesday.

Asked after if Kalil and Alex Boone are the expected starters on the left side, coach Mike Zimmer said, "I would assume Boone, probably." Kalil is making too much money in the final year of his rookie deal to ride the bench, but Zimmer obviously wanted to send a message. Kalil needs to re-find his rookie form if he hopes to earn a big payday next spring.
Thu, May 26, 2016 08:42:00 AM

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports the Vikings are expected to retain LT Matt Kalil.

A perennial underachiever, Kalil has been a popular cut candidate all offseason, and those rumors picked up steam after the Vikings were linked with free agent G/T Kelechi Osemele. Osemele can play left tackle, but Minnesota is reportedly pursuing him as a guard. Kalil could still be asked to reduce the $11.096 million he is scheduled to earn in the final year of his deal, but it looks like he will stay in Minnesota at least one more season.
Source: ESPN
Tue, Mar 8, 2016 09:50:00 AM

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Matt Vensel expects the Vikings to release at least one of LT Matt Kalil or RT Phil Loadholt.

Kalil was the fourth overall pick in the 2012 draft and is set to count $11.096 million against the cap after the Vikings exercised his fifth-year option last offseason. Minnesota can clear the entire $11.096 million off the salary cap by releasing Kalil. He's started all 64 games since entering the NFL, but Kalil has been horrific in pass protection. He may eventually have to play the right side. Kalil received above-average run-blocking marks from PFF.
Fri, Feb 12, 2016 09:50:00 AM

Vikings LT Matt Kalil (toe) is questionable for Week 11 against the Packers.

Kalil practiced on a limited basis Friday after a two-day absence. Coach Mike Zimmer said he expects Kalil to play, but he’ll be a game-time decision. Kalil has never missed a game in his career.
Sat, Nov 21, 2015 03:28:00 PM

Vikings LT Matt Kalil is up to 324 pounds.

Kalil played at 308 last season. He's apparently attempting to get stronger after struggling with run blocking and allowing a league-high 12 sacks in 2014. It's also fair to wonder if the added weight came from sitting around more following dual offseason knee surgeries. Owed a whopping $11.09 million base salary in 2016, Kalil is entering a make-or-break year in Minnesota.
Wed, May 27, 2015 06:33:00 PM

Vikings LT Matt Kalil underwent arthroscopic surgery on both of his knees in January.

Kalil was arguably the NFL's worst left tackle in 2014. The hope is the scopes help Kalil return to form. Kalil is also taking "injections designed to help patients deal with joint pain," like platelet-rich plasma therapy. Kalil was a Pro Bowler as a rookie in 2012. Last season, PFF charted Kalil with a league-high 12 sacks allowed in addition to 14 penalties, tied for second most among offensive tackles.
Source: USA Today
Wed, May 6, 2015 08:46:00 PM

Vikings exercised their 2016 fifth-year option on LT Matt Kalil.

It wasn't an easy decision as Kalil was the fourth-worst tackle in football last year, according to PFF. But the option is only guaranteed for injury, meaning the Vikings can cut Kalil after this season with no ramifications. If he plays well and they want to keep him, they'll have to pay him $11.09 million in 2016.
Mon, May 4, 2015 11:49:00 AM