Earlier in the day, we let you know that Minnesota Vikings’ running back Adrian Peterson was going to have surgery on his torn meniscus, a procedure that could put him on injured reserve and cost him the remainder of the 2016 season.
Well, it just keeps getting better.
Mike Zimmer announced at his press conference just moments ago that the team has also placed left tackle Matt Kalil on injured reserve with a hip injury.
Kalil missed some practice time leading up to Minnesota’s 17-14 victory over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football. However, he started the game and played. . .well, relatively poorly. Now, it appears that he’s not going to get an opportunity to redeem himself.
Zimmer said at his press conference that he assumes the move is season-ending for Kalil. A team can elect to bring a player back off of injured reserve if they want, but if both Kalil and Peterson wind up on injured reserve, the team can only bring back one of them.
T.J. Clemmings will take over at left tackle for Kalil.
This was Kalil’s option year from his rookie contract, and was supposed to be a “prove it” year for the man the Vikings once made the #4 overall pick in the NFL Draft. It doesn’t look like he’s going to get a chance to “prove it” again this season, and he might not get an opportunity to do so in a Vikings’ uniform again.
If there are more developments in this story, we will bring them to you here. But, it appears that Matt Kalil’s 2016 season, and possibly his career as a Viking, are over.