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September 6, 2019 12:24 PM
Matt Kalil: Cut by Houston
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kalil was released by the Texans on Sunday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Kalil signed a one-year deal with the Texans in March and was expected to begin the season as the starter at left tackle, but the trade acquisition of Laremy Tunsil made Kalil expendable. The 30-year-old looks as though he'll enter the 2019 season as a free agent.

August 26, 2019 11:32 PM
Texans' Matt Kalil: Returns to practice
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Kalil (foot) returned to practice Monday, John McClain of The Houston Chronicle reports.

Kalil has missed the past two preseason games due to a minor foot injury but returned to the field Monday. Coach Bill O'Brien has already noted that the veteran will be the starter heading into Week 1.

August 18, 2019 09:44 PM
Texans' Matt Kalil: Gets vote of confidence
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Coach Bill O'Brien said Saturday that Kalil (foot) is the team's starting left tackle, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Even though Kalil was held out of Saturday's preseason game, he was still announced as a starter. The bad news for Kalil is that the team has been managing his reps after he missed last season with a knee injury, and backup Roderick Johnson played well in Saturday's game. Expect the team to keep updating Kalil's status as the season inches closer.

August 18, 2019 08:32 AM
Texans' Matt Kalil: Held out against Lions
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Kalil suffered a minor foot injury during practice sessions against the Lions last week and was held out of Saturday's preseason game, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Roderick Johnson entered the starting lineup at left tackle with Kalil unavailable. The Texans have been managing the tackle's workload during training camp after he missed all of 2018 with the Panthers due to a knee injury. Kalil said this week that his health is improving, but he has looked rusty in drills, per Wilson.

August 14, 2019 07:40 PM
Texans' Matt Kalil: Injury free
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Kalil said Wednesday that he's able to practice without concern for injuries, Aaron Reiss of The Athletic reports.

Kalil missed the entire 2018 season due to a knee injury and has suited up for only 30 of 48 games in the last three years. Now full healthy, the veteran tackle is competing for a starting role along Houston's offensive front, which allowed a league-leading 62 sacks last season.

August 2, 2019 06:12 PM
Texans' Matt Kalil: Still being evaluated
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Kalil (knee) is making progress after missing last season due to a knee injury, but Houston's coaches are anxious to see him perform against the Packers next week, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Kalil has been working for the Texans since March and is in the mix at left tackle along Julien Davenport, but he's missed a lot of football the last three years. Injuries to his hip and knee limited him to 30 of 48 games from 2016 to 2018. Head coach Bill O'Brien may want to see him against opponents, but the coach also understands the tackle gets a good workout against his own team. "We've got a good front," Bill O'Brien said. "When you're blocking (Whitney) Mercilus and (J.J.) Watt, those guys can rush the passer. He (Kalil) works hard. He's athletic and very smart. He's played a lot of football in this league, and he's picked up our offense real well. He's doing a good job." The Texans are looking for significant improvement on the offensive line in 2019; that unit allowed a league-high 62 sacks in 2018.

April 22, 2019 03:32 PM
Texans' Matt Kalil: Will compete at LT
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Kalil (knee) will vie for the starting left tackle job with incumbent Julien Davenport, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Kalil is a former Pro Bowl left tackle who missed all of 2018 due to a knee injury. Competition should be a common theme on the offensive line, not just left tackle, during Houston's offseason training activities and training camp. The Texans' offensive line was below average in pass blocking and last in run blocking, per Pro Football Focus. No quarterback was sacked more or dropped back under pressure more often than Deshaun Watson in 2018, so it's natural to see changes up front. Davenport graded out 97th in run blocking and 94th in pass blocking among tackles.

April 16, 2019 08:32 PM
Texans' Matt Kalil: Working in limited capacity
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Kalil (knee) is a limited participant in the Texans' OTAs, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. "I feel great right now," Kalil said. "Anything they are telling me to do, I'm doing."

Kalil was stuck on injured reserve for the entire 2018 season, and he was cut by the Panthers in March. The 2012 first-round pick is now on a one-year contract with the Texans as he works to prove his health. It appears he's progressing well, although there's no specific timeline on his recovery.

March 22, 2019 07:08 PM
Texans' Matt Kalil: Signed by Houston
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kalil was signed by the Texans on Friday, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Kalil has mostly been considered a bust throughout his career at offensive tackle, as the 2012 first-round pick didn't live up to the hype when he signed a $55.5 million contract with the Panthers in 2017. The Texans also re-signed starting right tackle Seantrel Henderson, so Kalil may take over on the left side if he beats out Julie'n Davenport.

March 14, 2019 04:24 PM
Matt Kalil: Cut loose by Carolina
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Kalil was released by the Panthers on Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Kalil initially joined Carolina prior to the 2017 season on a $55 million contract, but never lived up to his price tag and spent all of last season on injured reserve. The 29-year-old's designation as a post-June 1 cut frees up $7.25 million in cap space for the Panthers, though his release also creates $14.7 million in dead money. The move leaves Daryl Williams (knee) as the top left tackle on the Panthers' roster, though he's spent most of his career on the right side of the line, making the team a strong candidate to address the position in free agency or the 2019 NFL Draft.

January 7, 2019 01:12 PM
Panthers' Matt Kalil: Possible cap casualty
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Kalil (knee) could be a cap casualty for the Panthers in the offseason, David Newton of ESPN reports.

Kalil spent the entire 2018 campaign on injured reserve and cutting him with a post-June 1 designation would clear roughly $8 million in cap space for Carolina. However, it would also leave $14.7 million in dead money on the table. It's possible the Panthers won't make a decision on this front until much later in the offseason.

October 18, 2018 11:24 PM
Panthers' Matt Kalil: Back at practice
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Kalil (knee) is working on the side in practice Thursday and was placed on injured reserve with a designation to return, David Newton of ESPN reports.

Kalil was originally placed on IR at the beginning of the season due to arthroscopic knee surgery and has not seen the field in 2018. The Panthers will now have three weeks to evaluate Kalil and decide whether they will active him when he is eligible following Week 8. If Kalil is activated, it's unclear whether he will assume his starting role at left tackle, considering replacement Chris Clark has filled in admirably.

October 11, 2018 02:36 PM
Panthers' Matt Kalil: Progressing nicely from injury
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Kalil (knee) said Thursday that he could return to practice next week and play when he's first eligible in Week 9, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.

Kalil added his knee feels strong since surgery and rehab has gone well so far. The former first-round pick was placed on injured reserve Sept. 2 after he had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and has yet to see the field this season. It's unclear whether Kalil will assume a starting role on the offensive line when he's healthy, but in the meantime, it will continue to be Taylor Morton at right tackle and Chris Clark at left tackle.

September 3, 2018 11:28 AM
Panthers' Matt Kalil: Placed on IR
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kalil (knee) was placed on injured reserve Sunday, Max Henson of the Panthers' official site reports.

Kalil will miss at least the first eight games of the regular season following arthroscopic knee surgery, and then he will be eligible to return to the active roster. Taylor Moton is slated to fill in as the starting left tackle during Kalil's absence, and Daryl Williams (knee) is starting at right tackle.

August 21, 2018 11:24 PM
Panthers' Matt Kalil: Has arthroscopic surgery
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Kalil is considered week-to-week after having arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Tuesday morning, the Panthers' official website reports.

Given the timing of his procedure, Carolina's starting left tackle is no lock to be ready for Week 1 against Dallas. The Panthers already lost standout left guard Andrew Norwell in free agency, then watched as RT Daryl Williams and LG Amini Silatolu -- both projected starters -- suffered major knee injuries early in training camp. Kalil and Silatolu should both be back at some point in September, while Williams is likely targeting a return during the second half of the season. All of this is a major concern for Cam Newton and the rest of the Carolina skill-position players.

August 20, 2018 11:36 AM
Panthers' Matt Kalil: Nursing knee injury
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Kalil missed the last two days of practice with a knee injury, Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer reports.

It's unclear when this injury occurred, but it may have been during Friday's preseason game against the Dolphins. Kalil got torched by Dolphins' DE Robert Quinn in that game, but the Panthers are too battered on their offensive front to lose another body.

August 19, 2018 03:24 PM
Panthers' Matt Kalil: Sidelined Sunday
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Kalil did not participate in Sunday's practice due to an undisclosed reason, Bill Voth of Panthers.com reports.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera wouldn't give details regarding Kalil's absence, but it could simply be related to a veteran's day of rest.

January 7, 2018 01:40 PM
Panthers' Matt Kalil: Ready for Sunday's contest
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Kalil (illness) is good to go for Sunday's wild-card matchup with the Saints, Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer reports.

Kalil will slot back into his right tackle position Sunday and look to slow down Saints' DE Cameron Jordan.

January 5, 2018 10:52 PM
Panthers' Matt Kalil: Questionable for wild-card round
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Kalil (illness) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Saints.

Kalil missed Thursday's practice with an undisclosed illness but returned Friday and seems likely to suit up. If not, Tyler Larsen would presumably step in at center.

January 5, 2018 03:24 PM
Panthers' Matt Kalil: Questionable for Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kalil (illness) was a limited participant in Friday's practice and is questionable to play in Sunday's playoff game against the Saints.

Kalil did not practice Thursday, so the fact that he was able to at least put in limited work Friday shows he is trending in the right direction. Expect the tackle to be a game-time call Sunday, but it seems likely that he'll be on the field in New Orleans.

 
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Height/Weight:
6-7/315
Birthdate:
07/06/1989
Age:
30
Hometown:
Corona, CA, USA
School:
USC
NFL Experience:
8
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