Vikings place Matt Kalil on injured reserve

Getty Images

The Vikings have yet another serious injury problem.

On the same day that the team announced running back Adrian Peterson will have knee surgery (and reportedly will miss 3-4 months), tackle Matt Kalil has been placed on injured reserve.

Kalil, the fourth overall pick in the 2012 draft, is in the option year of his rookie deal. He’s eligible to return to game action in eight weeks.

That said, only one player on IR can return each year. So if running back Adrian Peterson lands on IR, either he or Kalil won’t be eligible to return. To have both play later in the year, the Vikings would have to keep Peterson on the 53-man roster.

The absence of Kalil likely means that T.J. Clemmings will slide into the starting spot. He started all 16 games in 2015 at right tackle, in place of Phil Loadholt.

The Vikings likely will explore adding another tackle, either via trade or free agency. However, good ones aren’t readily available.

92 responses to “Vikings place Matt Kalil on injured reserve

  1. In Zimmer and Defense I trust. I believe the Vikings are going to face adversity and put together a historic season . Remember I said it….

  2. I am quite stunned at the turn of events, what team could loose their starting QB, Running back and Starting tackle and compete? Kalil while every bit average is going to be missed the most as LT’s don’t grown on trees and I doubt there is anything of the scrap heap worth while. Hopefully clemmings can come in an play well. makes you wonder if they would re-sign sully to add depth to the o-line and move berger

  3. Wow, this is getting ridiculous. Can this be the last one please? Of course, luckily they’ve been guys they should have been looking to replace anyway.

  4. Kalil has not been great but he’s still your starting left tackle. T.J. Clemmings might do a capable job of replacing him, but I was counting on him to replace Andre Smith. This is where that mysterious illness Mike Harris has really hurts. He has starting experience at both guard and tackle.

  5. For once Carl is spot on. The problems holding them back are taken care of on the same day. They will return healthy to make a run also ind the 2nd half of the year.

  6. I have to think the IR move is made a lot easier by his lack of performance over the last two to three years. Don’t be too shocked if he doesn’t play for the purple again.

  7. As a Vikes fan I hate to look towards the East for inspiration, but didn’t the Pack win it all in 2010 when they had half their team injured?

    This team isn’t built around one player, and most Vikings fans will say we’re better off without AP (I know that’s hard for the rest of the country to understand, but it’s the same thing with GB fans saying that Rodgers is playing like crap while everybody else thinks he’s still a top 3 QB).

    In Zimmer we trust….

  8. Good Lord, who’s next to get hurt in Minnesota?

    Zimmer and Turner had better make sure that they’ve got their pass blocking schemes down pat for Sunday’s game. I expect plenty of double-tight end sets, otherwise Bradford may be the next guy on the injury list.

  9. And that loud sigh you hear is defensive ends everywhere. The human turnstile is gone. Losing the worst LT in the NFL probably won’t hurt the Vikings too much.

  10. Is this one of those cases where putting him on IR, becomes an improvement for the line?

    Even though Kalil struggled big time, there was a reason he was starting and the guy behind him wasn’t and it probably had more to do than his contract, as the Vikings do whats best for the team, otherwords they would trot Treadwell out there.

  11. Figured that hip injury needed surgery — the GB game proved he couldn’t play with it. Depth is getting thin now.

    What’s next an anvil falls from the sky on Diggs’ head?

  12. As a Packer fan, sorry to see all these Viking injuries. You still have Zimmer and we have McCarthy, and we cannot IR the coach. So you have that going for you, which is nice.

  13. vikesfansteve says:
    Sep 21, 2016 12:41 PM
    For once Carl is spot on. The problems holding them back are taken care of on the same day.

    ——-

    For once? He also predicted Sully would never come back from his back injury.

  14. Get the D back to full strength, keep Bradford and Diggs healthy and things will be just fine. Kalil played last game in purple. His value decreased each year after rookie season. I’m excited to see McKinnon play more. Better route runner and receiver than AP. Something tells me Zimmer thrives on this type of doubt thrown their way now. This season is interesting as all heck!

  15. Boone was upset with fans being loud when they offense had the ball on Sunday Night.

    I hope he isn’t around any of them when this news broke, or he will be even more disappointed.

  16. Even if Speilman could work out compensation for Joe Thomas, I reckon it would be extremely difficult to work him in under the salary cap. Damn, 2 games in and out a starting qb, rb, lt, dt, and cb. Hope Xavier gets back soon and the rest of the defense can stay healthy. Floyd always seems dinged up, starting to give up on his ability to stay on the field.

  17. Every team has many guys out by the end of the season, but the key thing is which positions are they missing.
    The most important ones are QB, CB, LT, Pass Rusher. Packers in 2010 had 16 on Injured Reserve, but had replacements for the key positions.
    If Bradford is better than Bridgewater, and McKinnon can do as much as AP has done, Khalil (if healthy) is the toughest loss so far if there’s no depth there.

  18. pervyspankspackfans says:
    Sep 21, 2016 12:34 PM
    In Zimmer and Defense I trust. I believe the Vikings are going to face adversity and put together a historic season . Remember I said it….

    ———————–

    I read your comment quickly and mistook ‘historic’ for ‘horrific’

  19. samue202 says:
    Sep 21, 2016 12:32 PM

    Expected Peterson, did not expect Kalil.

    ——————————————————
    I was watching closely between plays on Sunday night, he could barley walk from about the start of 2nd quarter on, I was amazed he finished the game. Too bad because I think Boone was a positive influence on his daily work habits. Get well Matt.

  20. It’s Beavers time! Willy, that is.

    This probably concludes Kalil’s career with the Vikings. Too bad it couldn’t end on a better note.

    Best of luck in the future, I’m sure the Fudge will be clamoring to sign you seeing as how their O line is leakier than Jordan Rodgers yapper on the Batchelorette.

  21. djvh2 says:
    Sep 21, 2016 12:55 PM

    As a Packer fan, sorry to see all these Viking injuries. You still have Zimmer and we have McCarthy, and we cannot IR the coach. So you have that going for you, which is nice.

    ———————————————————
    While this made me laugh, not sure I have ever seen such a love/hate relationship with a coach. When things are going well for the pack (which they have for a long time) they say he is instrumental to the development of their HOF QB’s and a top coach in the league, when they have a couple game slide people are ruthless. Still expect this division to be a two team race come December.

  22. Let’s not get carried away with this “addition by subtraction” stuff. Remember in 2012 when Christian Ponder destroyed both the Packers and his throwing arm in Week 17 and Joe Webb had to start the playoff game? A lot of people were saying they would be better off with Webb. That lasted until he threw his first pass and it went straight into the ground.

    On the bright side, remember when we had to go from Christian Ponder to Joe Webb? Teddy Bridgewater to Sam Bradford is so much better.

  23. aypeeswhippingstick says:
    Sep 21, 2016 1:23 PM

    Has anyone seen Sam Bradford this morning? I’d check at the airport.
    _______

    Airport? I’d check the local hospitals the way this day is going.

  24. rho1953

    “The Vikings have the worst fan base in all of sports. Arrogant and ignorant in a unique combo of obnoxious.”

    Hypocritical pot, please meet over-generalizing kettle.

  25. Injuries suck and deflate competitiveness from games and rivalries. No way around it, but it does give new players opportunity and can sometimes be a blessing in disguise.

    God speed, from the Pack.

  26. “I am quite stunned at the turn of events, what team could loose their starting QB, Running back and Starting tackle and compete?”

    Replace RB with Gronk and you have the Pats at 2-0.

    Other teams, not so much.

  27. Kahil has had one good season, one mediocre season, two bad seasons, and a bad season that ended in injury. He has been living on name recognition for years and he has played his last game for us. Over priced and over rated.

  28. OK…I don’t get into the ‘Sachi Brown’ type of analytics and I have never gone to the Pro Football Focus website. All these stats are for the Millennials. Have fun with them, betting peeps.
    I’m not concerned about losing either Peterson or Kahlil. I like A.P. I don’t think Kahlil has the work ethic to be good in this league. While Clemmings, I think, is a natural Guard he definitely looked more athletic than Kahlil at LT during the preseason. Yes, he made mistakes. But so has the entire Vikes O-Line. So he may not be an improvement…but he’s not a significant drop off in talent either. We’ve seen AP’s #’s this season…anything but impressive. So again, not a huge drop off. But I want A.P. to get healthy. He is still an asset. This is Kahlil’s last season as a Viking.

  29. contra74 says:
    Sep 21, 2016 12:30 PM
    Ouch…teddy, Adrian, now kalil…who is next? This is ridiculous.

    ————–

    Teddy? Are you kidding me? Sam Bradford is the best thing that has happened to the Vikings. They now have an actual passing game.

  30. so the Vikings have lost a QB who can throw the ball 5 yards, a RB who avg’s 1 yard a carry and an offensive lineman who hasn’t blocked anyone in a few years and is easily the worst starting LT in the NFL….sounds like a blessing in disguise to me …. they will get better not worse

  31. I think people are being too cavalier about losing Kalil. He was having a good training camp and he was good in Week 1. Remember, he had this injury going into the Packer game, so that’s why he had so much trouble in that game. If Clemmings were better, he would have already been starting.

  32. Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Sep 21, 2016 12:33 PM
    Wow, football injury gods are taking care of all of Vike’s problem players today.

    ________________________

    Classy, Carl. Way to embarrass yourself and other packer fans yet again.

  33. Part of me wants to be optimistic and say Clemmings can’t be any worse than last year. But reality is that Clemmings was a below average right tackle last year and this preseason, so I don’t see him filling in very well at left tackle.

    What I do know is that if Sam Bradford goes down behind this leaky oline, or if another olineman goes down… This may go down as one of the all time biggest busts since the Vikings are “all in” on Bradford. There is no more depth to be had, especially at the tackle position.

    Rule of thumb going forward, Spielman… However many olinemen you think you need.. Double it.

  34. 49tinakane says:
    Sep 21, 2016 12:35 PM

    I am quite stunned at the turn of events, what team could loose their starting QB, Running back and Starting tackle and compete?
    ————————————————
    So far this has cost your team a #1 and a #4 draft pick just to replace your QB. So it’s not like you had him on your roster and this didn’t hurt your future. Plus, you haven’t competed at all without these players yet. Let’s see how well they “compete” before we start praising how good they are and how well they have competed through these injuries.
    Typical Vikings fans, think they are in the Playoffs after the first two games and the offseason Championship!

  35. It’s a strange feeling as a vikes fan, but I’m not worried.

    I wasn’t worried during the final drives in last week’s game, and I wasn’t worried in any of the 3-4 point wins we had last year.

    We have a defense that could have forced 7 turnovers last week if the ball bounces a different way. They have the depth and talent to absolutely violate the backfield for 60 minutes, and a secondary that rarely let’s anyone get open.

    Carolina? They’ll probably be held to 17 points or less. They need a revamped defensive game plan in less than a week, and over two games they have the 20th ranked defense. Can the Vikings score 17 or 20 points?

    I’m not worried

  36. As Zimmer says, “We’ll show up, and compete”. Some how we will get through this and maybe be stronger as a result?

  37. Packer fans received zero sympathy from Viking fans last season when the Packers were starting the 5th and 6th string WRs. No team is going to feel sorry for the Vikings either. Lace em up with whomever you have and lets go. No excuses because you wouldnt listen to them.

  38. Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Sep 21, 2016 12:33 PM
    Wow, football injury gods are taking care of all of Vike’s problem players today.
    ————————
    I wouldn’t be calling on the injury gods, Cheeser,or they may end up at Lambeau Field on Sunday in green and gold robes.

  39. bigdaddyrockytop says:
    Sep 21, 2016 2:29 PM
    Packer fans received zero sympathy from Viking fans last season when the Packers were starting the 5th and 6th string WRs. No team is going to feel sorry for the Vikings either. Lace em up with whomever you have and lets go. No excuses because you wouldnt listen to them.

    Nobody is looking for sympathy. In fact, a majority of people are trying to be optimistic given the circumstances. Despite this, trolls swarming viking injury articles (trying to make up for a Sunday night loss) are calling us delusional, arrogant and ignorant.

  40. As long as Sam Bradford can QB there is a chance. (Gosh I can’t believe I just typed that.)

    A lot of 2 TE sets coming andDigs being doubled.

    Norv needs to type this on a board and put it in front of his face in his box when he is calling plays. “No first down will be worth losing Sam Bradford for the year. Call a draw or screen and 3rd and long and tell the D to go get a score.”

  41. Neglect of the O-line in the draft is coming home to roost – again. Taking another corner in the second round for depth – regardless of what you think of Mackensie Alexander, and trading our third rounder last year was stupid.
    We were fairly deep at Guard. Boone wasn’t a significant upgrade there. Andre Smith was an upgrade only because Clemmings was worse – and not by much.
    Having a better arm at QB wont stop anyone from stacking the box – if you run there aren’t any holes, and since you can’t pass protect the qb will only have 2 seconds to find an open man.
    But hey – we did get Willie Beavers in the 4th round – PFF’s penultimate graded tackle in all of college football… before spending the 5th rd pick on another LB – which considering we traded former 3rd rd lb pick and intermittent starter Gerald Hodges to SF (Hodges performed well for starting in the last 4 games in SF last year) for a 6th and a udfa – seems… ironic?

  42. wellthatsinteresting says:
    Sep 21, 2016 1:55 PM

    OK…I don’t get into the ‘Sachi Brown’ type of analytics and I have never gone to the Pro Football Focus website. All these stats are for the Millennials. Have fun with them, betting peeps.
    I’m not concerned about losing either Peterson or Kahlil. I like A.P. I don’t think Kahlil has the work ethic to be good in this league. While Clemmings, I think, is a natural Guard he definitely looked more athletic than Kahlil at LT during the preseason. Yes, he made mistakes. But so has the entire Vikes O-Line. So he may not be an improvement…but he’s not a significant drop off in talent either. We’ve seen AP’s #’s this season…anything but impressive. So again, not a huge drop off. But I want A.P. to get healthy. He is still an asset. This is Kahlil’s last season as a Viking.
    **********************************************
    Here are some fun facts to completely invalidate your comments about a significant drop off from Kalil to Clemmings. 1. Clemmings was a 2 year starter on Defense at Pitt, He has only played right tackle for 3 total season and has never played left tackle in the NFL…He was rated 67th over all as a tackle last year, there are only 64 starting tackle spots, in the NFL. He was rated the 4th worst past blocker in terms of efficiency in the NFL last year. Not Only was he bad at RT last year but he is also inexperienced and has never played LT at any level in his life. The drop off will be huge and you will see multiple TE chipping on his side, something you never saw with Kalil. Kalil was average to below average, Clemmings is going to be a dumpster fire

  43. So … actually the Vikings lost Sunday night.

    Lost Peterson and lost Kalil.

    That’s probably worse, actually, than losing the game would have been.

  44. Boone wants to play tackle, not sure he has the ability – even if he does, not user changing up both left guard and tackle positions is wise. difficult position to be in. Wish we’d traded up to get Spriggs ahead of GB in last years draft instead of trading our third round pick away.

  45. Sad news when a team loses the 4th overall pick and their best offensive lineman.

    That artificial turf is just terrible for players’ health.

    Zimmer said “this year there are no excuses.”

    The vikings get to prove themselves against the Panthers this week and gain some recognition.

    Eagles fans are hoping that the value of the pick obtained for dumping their back up QB goes up while their QB of the future is gaining valuable experience.

    Oh well, there is always next year.

  46. Uptown Vike Fan says:
    Sep 21, 2016 12:57 PM

    vikesfansteve says:
    Sep 21, 2016 12:41 PM
    For once Carl is spot on. The problems holding them back are taken care of on the same day.

    ——-

    For once? He also predicted Sully would never come back from his back injury.
    _______

    It’s kind of weird you remember so much of what Carl has said, but don’t get too comfortable. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Vikings bring Sully back and move Berger out to guard. Fusco has been terrible. Or maybe Berger moves to LG and Boone moves to LT?

  47. Nobody is looking for sympathy. In fact, a majority of people are trying to be optimistic given the circumstances. Despite this, trolls swarming viking injury articles (trying to make up for a Sunday night loss) are calling us delusional, arrogant and ignorant
    ——-
    Wow, if you think the handful of packer trolls that posted to these threads is a swarm you haven’t been paying attention. Look at any packer story…you guys post more than us. Reading MN fans complain about trolls is almost as funny as watching you complain about pi penalties.

  48. bigdaddyrockytop says:
    Sep 21, 2016 2:29 PM

    Packer fans received zero sympathy from Viking fans last season when the Packers were starting the 5th and 6th string WRs. No team is going to feel sorry for the Vikings either. Lace em up with whomever you have and lets go. No excuses because you wouldnt listen to them.
    ______

    Okay, you lost Jordy Nelson and your third round WR with a sixth round grade. You were starting 5th and 6th string WRs because the WRs ahead of them were so bad. That’s not even close to losing your starting quarterback, Hall of Fame running back, and left tackle.

    And still you’re hearing no excuses from us. Let’s go!

  49. djvh2 says:
    Sep 21, 2016 12:55 PM
    As a Packer fan, sorry to see all these Viking injuries. You still have Zimmer and we have McCarthy, and we cannot IR the coach. So you have that going for you, which is nice.
    ———————————————-

    Seriously. McCarthy’s time is up. I was giving him chances but now im totally over him and his lame play calling. The Pack are going nowhere with him now or in the future. Last Sunday night he just put the checkmate on it. I want him gone lol.

  50. If the Packers lost Bakhtiari, the fat load running back, and Erin the lube boy, their season would be over. The Vikes lose their starting LT,QB,RB and the season is just getting started.

  51. In Teddy We Trust says:

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the Vikings bring Sully back and move Berger out to guard. Fusco has been terrible. Or maybe Berger moves to LG and Boone moves to LT?
    ______________________

    I think this is one possibility. I also think it’s possible that they are checking in with Loadholt about how his retirement is going. I can also see them starting Easton at center and moving Berger to RG. But I completely agree, Fusco has been the weakest link in the weakest link.

    This much is certain, they are not going to stand pat much longer. Soprano has a reputation of being very impatient with O-linemen. He has pulled many in the middle of games, so I do believe there are more changes coming.

  52. jackedupboonie says:
    Sep 21, 2016 12:31 PM
    This might be the most excruciating season yet for Viking fans….
    —————-

    This was the Football Giants annually for the previous 7 or 8 years.

  53. Do not be surprised if T J Clemmings starts. Kalil was the one who gave up all 4 sacks laid on Bradford last Sunday night. He was playing like his feet were in cement all game. The pass rusher had no trouble getting bye him.

    I’ll have to watch Sundays game and see how Clemmings does. My be a pleasant surprise. He was a LT at Pittsburgh when playing in college. Forgive me for saying so, but Kalil going on IR may be a blessing in disguise. The Vikings needed to play someone else at LT anyways.

    I am not happy he is hurting and needs surgery. All the best for him.

    However, I believe this week was the last time we saw AD and Kalil in purple anymore.

  54. vikefan512 says:

    “Trade for Joe Thomas!! Free Joe Thomas!!”

    —————————————————————–

    Spielman already traded away a first-round pick for Sam Bradford. I guess for a good player like Thomas, he’d give up five first-rounders.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.