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.
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 since Chris Clark has filled in admirably.
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.
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.
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.
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