Minnesota Vikings place LT Matt Kalil on IR

The Minnesota Vikings have placed LT Matt Kalil on injured reserve, potentially ending his season.

In the span of 22 days, the Minnesota Vikings have lost QB Teddy Bridgewater for the season with a knee injury, are sending RB Adrian Peterson into surgery to repair a torn meniscus and then placed LT Matt Kalil on injured reserve. The last two decisions were made this week.

Kalil is scheduled to have surgery on his ailing hip after playing through the pain on Sunday night against the Green Bay Packers but giving up 2½ sacks in the process.

Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers will be the first missed game for 2012 first-round draft pick.

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said the team is assuming it will be season-ending surgery for Kalil, but they are keeping their options open there.

In his absence, T.J. Clemmings, who filled in for Phil Loadholt at right tackle all last year, will be the starter at left tackle.

“He’s done pretty good, really, in the preseason,” Zimmer said of Clemmings. “He’s a good athlete and he’s going to compete and fight.

“At this point in time it’s hard to find left tackles that are on the street, so we plan on going with what we’ve got.”

While Peterson’s surgery on his right knee to repair a meniscus could also be season-ending, Zimmer isn’t letting the Vikings hang their heads with all players lost to injury.

“I told them what was going on and I expect them to perform the way I always expect them to perform,” Zimmer said. “There’s no overriding message.”

The Vikings are 2-0, but they face the defending NFC Champion Carolina Panthers on Sunday.


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