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Left tackle Matt Kalil off crutches, but remains unlikley to return this year

By Derek Wetmore

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – As people search for answers to the Vikings’ struggling offensive line, one reminder strolled through the locker room at the team’s practice facility Monday afternoon.

Matt Kalil walked by without the use of crutches, looking noticeably more svelte than the last time he stepped on the field for the Vikings.

“I’m starting to walk around, everything’s starting to feel pretty good, but we’ll see. Still a little ways to go before I’m even ready. And even if I was healthy and ready to go…when I’m cleared to be physically ready that’s just when I’m able to start working out and lifting again.”

Kalil said that will be important because without being able to lift weights in line with his typical in-season routine, he’s lost about 22 or 23 pounds. He can add muscle back quickly, he says, but it still would take some time to get back closer to his customary playing weight.

“It’s just one of those seasons where a lot of guys are getting injured. It kind of seems to be the story of the year…It’s just hard for me to watch because I just want to be out there. I’ve never watched my team play on TV. It’s just a weird feeling.”

“I want to play and be out there. It’s just a tough position,” he said.

Kalil had hip surgery in late September and is on Injured Reserve. The Vikings can pick one player to return from IR this year, but it sounds like a long shot that the player will be their starting left tackle.

Jake Long, signed midseason as a free agent to help fix the offensive line, tore his Achilles late in Sunday’s loss to Washington.

T.J. Clemmings and rookie Willie Beavers are the only tackles left on the roster. Right tackle Andre Smith also is on IR with an elbow injury.

The post Left tackle Matt Kalil off crutches, but remains unlikley to return this year appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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