The Vikings are deep into their first OTA session of the offseason but starting left tackle Matt Kalil is not yet a full participant. Mike Zimmer revealed on Thursday (per ESPN) that Kalil had to undergo a “minor” knee procedure a few weeks ago and is currently limited to individual drills.
Our first inkling that something might be amiss with Kalil came in early May when he was forced to sit out of minicamp with an undisclosed physical issue. Kalil also battled shoulder and back injuries all throughout his somewhat disappointing 2013 season.
If Kalil is going to bounce back from 2013 and approach the form he showed in his rookie campaign, he will first need to be physically sound. It doesn’t seem like the knee issue is that big a problem but as we’ve learned from prior situations with players, sometimes these things can turn out to be worse than they first appear.
Hopefully this won’t be a lingering issue for Kalil. The left side of the Vikings’ offensive line was a weakness last season, with Kalil struggling and Charlie Johnson playing at a below-average level. That needs to get better.