Matt Kalil lost close to 20 pounds due to pneumonia last season

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The end of last season was not kind to a pair of offensive players for the Minnesota Vikings on the health front.

Before Christian Ponder suffered a bad contusion to his throwing arm that required an emergency trip to the hospital after the season, left tackle Matt Kalil came down with an illness that forced him to miss practices leading up to the Vikings Week 16 victory over the Houston Texans.

Kalil wasn’t very forthcoming over just what the illness was at the time but, according to Tom Pelissero of in the Twin Cities, it was a battle with pneumonia that hit Kalil late in the season. The illness caused Kalil to drop nearly 20 pounds in weight over the final weeks of the season.
Kalil played most of the season at 310 pounds but was down between 290 and 295 pounds while battling the sickness.”I couldn’t eat anything for about three days,” Kalil said. “So, that wasn’t really good.”His weight continued to drop down to 280 after the season come to a close before Kalil resumed working out. He’s back up over 300 pounds and sets his sights get up to 315 pounds for the start of the season.

17 responses to “Matt Kalil lost close to 20 pounds due to pneumonia last season

  1. Guy seems like an old school lineman. No complaining, just doing his job.

    If the Vikes can can go 3-2 in the NFC North, this could be one of the more interesting division races this year.

  2. First Ponder got an arm bruise, and now Kalil missed some meals.

    Thank goodness for ice packs and Nyquil, or this “perfect storm” of tragedies might have turned out very differently.

  3. I remember reading about a story about Kalil when he was trying to bulk up to be a tackle, eating 1000’s of calories a day just to gain weight in the first place.

    Wonder whats worse, the linemen who struggle to put on the lbs or the guys who struggle to keep them off. (ie Bryant McKinnie)

  4. He was sick and still beat the heck out of the D-linemen on those teams at the end of the regular season, including good old Gerbshcmidt’s team.

  5. All I hear from Packer fans is how many injuries they had last year and how great they’ll be this year with everyone back. Kalil played through this and still dominated. I wonder how good he’ll be now that he has his Pro Bowl rookie season under his belt?

  6. Rick Spielman is a Magician says:May 3, 2013 11:39 AM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:May 3, 2013 10:13 AM

    They sure have a lot of excuses…

    We make no excuses for winning.


    Winning what? You’ve lost 2x each year for the past 3 years against the Pack. Although, you did split against the Lion during the period and even stole 1 game from the Bears, so that’s something I guess.

  7. Matthews will need to increase his juicing this year if he hopes to compete with Kalil.

  8. To the packer fans that say the vikings have lost 2x each if the last two years do you all have amnesia? They beat the pack the last game of the year this year and how is kalil making excuses he did great all year even with this atypical packer fan not knowing what they are talking about!!!

  9. Shane… Check the results again. Packers beet the Vikings the first matchup last year. Vikings squeezed by week 17… And then: THE VIKINGS GOT STOMPED THEIR LAST GAME OF THE YEAR AGAINST THE PACKERS in week 18.

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