Kalil announced Tuesday that he plans to retire from professional football after the 2018 season, Joseph Person of The Charlotte Observer reports. "This is going to be the last one for me," Kalil said.
The five-time Pro Bowler is set to turn 33 years old in March and is entering the final year of his contract. After a serious neck injury limited Kalil to just six regular-season games in 2017, it appears he's not inclined to jeopardize his long-term health by playing several more seasons. Kalil has since said that he's received full clearance from the Panthers' medical staff and doesn't believe his neck will provide any complications during his final NFL season.
Kalil (neck) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Vikings.
Kalil is set to make just his fourth appearance of the season as injuries have plagued his 2017 campaign. He figures to draw the start at center as well with primary backup Tyler Larsen (foot) sidelined.
Kalil (neck) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Vikings, Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Injuries have limited Kalil to just three appearances this season, but despite the questionable designation, the center is optimistic about his chances of playing Sunday. He returned to practice Thursday in a limited fashion, which might be enough for him to settle back into a starting role, especially with top backup Tyler Larsen (foot) considered questionable as well.
Kalil was listed as a limited participant at Thursday's practice, but the expectation is that the center will be healthy enough to make his third appearance of the season once Sunday arrives. His return is especially fortuitous for the Panthers with Kalil's top backup, Tyler Larsen (foot), looking unlikely to play this weekend.
Kalil (neck) participated in Thursday's practice, Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Kalil's return to practice is a great sign for the Panthers considering his backup Tyler Larsen is still not practicing with a lingering foot injury. Kalil looks to be on track to return to the field Sunday as the team's starting center.
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