After a brilliant rookie campaign, Minnesota Vikings' left tackle Matt Kalil had a little bit of a slump in 2013. He had some health issues going into last season, and it looks like he's dealing with another one as the Vikings start their Organized Team Activities.
Kalil apparently had a procedure on his
shoulder knee a few weeks ago, and is being limited in team activities this week as a result. Mike Zimmer addressed the issue after Thursday's workout, saying that the procedure took place "four or five weeks ago," and did not specify the nature of that procedure. . .he simply said that it had to do with Kalil's shoulder knee, and that it was Christian Ponder's fault somehow.
(I may have made part of that last sentence up. May have.)
EDIT: I mistakenly said that the procedure took place on Kalil's shoulder. While his shoulder gave him some trouble last season, the procedure actually took place on his knee. My apologies for the error.
Kalil was not the only member of the team that was limited in some form. Safety seems to be a bit of a sore spot. . .literally. . .as Andrew Sendejo was out after having back surgery a few weeks ago and Jamarca Sanford pulled a muscle during Wednesday's practice, sidelining him as well. Cornerback Josh Robinson also pulled a muscle on Wednesday and sat out of Thursday's workouts.
New defensive tackle Linval Joseph has also been sitting out of practices, but Zimmer said that he is close to returning to the field.
The big news is Kalil, however. If the Vikings' offense is going to continue to develop, Kalil needs to regain more of his 2012 form. Hopefully, after he fully recovers from this
shoulder knee issue, he can keep a clean bill of health going forward.