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Notebook: Matt Kalil trying to 'be smarter' about personal fouls

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Matt Kalil doesn’t see a lot of yellow flags thrown his way.

The rookie registered six penalties while playing all 1,097 snaps last season as the Minnesota Vikings starting left tackle.

So it was a little odd to see his number called for multiple personal fouls in the Vikings 34-14 preseason loss at the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

“That’s uncharacteristic of me,” Kalil said Tuesday. “I’m usually smarter about those things. I think, maybe, I was a little over exaggerated in that game because I was a little out of it in the Buffalo game.”

His first foul negated a 10-yard scamper by quarterback Christian Ponder. The knee jerk reaction was to call the flag tedious, as Kalil pushed a defender in the back as both were heading out of bounds.

But Kalil said even other officials were on his side.

“The first one, a couple of refs came up to me and said they wouldn’t have called it,” Kalil said. “It was a little iffy.”

Kalil was flagged again when he retaliated against a 49ers defender for shoving one of his teammates. After the second penalty, coach Leslie Frazier pulled Kalil from the game for a couple snaps to send a message.

“The second one, whoever retaliates is going to get that,” Kalil said. “That’s my fault. Still no excuse, got to be smarter about it.”

‘My number wasn’t called’

Rookie guard Travis Bond saw the most snaps of any Vikings offensive player in the preseason opener against the Houston Texans on Aug. 9.

Bond’s snap total went from 49 in the opener to 25 against the Buffalo Bills to not playing in San Francisco.

“I don’t have a reason, I just go by what the coach says,” Bond said. “My number wasn’t called, so it’s fine by me.”

Bond, at 6-foot-7, 330-pounds, is a towering body to be a guard, but the Vikings have played him as such in every preseason snap. The University of North Carolina product took a few reps at tackle in offseason programs, but that was not followed up with any real looks in training camp.

Frazier said the starters won’t play much, if any, snaps against the Tennessee Titans in the final preseason game on Thursday.

“Coming into this fourth game, I’ll probably see a significant amount of playing time,” Bond said. “Just keep doing what I do, hopefully make the 53[-man roster].”

A good thing?

Fullback Jerome Felton’s three-game suspension stemming from a DUI arrest 14 months ago doesn’t begin until Aug. 31.

Hypothetically, if Felton were to have been suspended for the first three games of the last season instead of this season — he may have been let go by the third team in two years.

“If something had happened sooner, maybe we would have not had the chance to get the returns we had a season ago,” Frazier said. “So hypothetically, and potentially, yes [it worked out well].”

Felton responded with a Pro Bowl year, paving the way for running back Adrian Peterson’s 2,097-yard season and earning a three-year, $7.5 million contract.

Frazier said the team knew the risk when signing such a lucrative deal with Felton.

“You always knew that there was potential to know if it would happen,” Frazier said. “His incident, as referenced earlier, was some time ago, but it was always looming that this could possibly happen.”

Injury roundup

•Frazier said receiver Cordarrelle Patterson was sore so he held the rookie out of Tuesday’s practice. Patterson said he’ll be ready to play in the team’s final preseason game on Thursday.

•Linebacker Erin Henderson played 29 snaps on Sunday, but sat out Tuesday’s practice still bothered by a heel injury he received late last week.

•Safety Mistral Raymond has an AC sprain in his shoulder and will be out indefinitely.

•Cornerback Chris Cook left Sunday’s game with a groin injury and sat out practice. Cook still participated in walkthroughs and Frazier said he will be “fine in no time.”

•Rookie defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd was at practice, but did not participate. Floyd is still recovering from a sprained knee he suffered in the preseason opener on Aug. 9.

•Receiver Stephen Burton was not at practice on Tuesday. There’s no word yet as to why.

•Kalil sat out two practices last week, but said he’s fine after hyperextending his knee in a preseason loss at the Buffalo Bills on Aug. 16.

by Andrew Krammer

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