Kalil (ankle) is active for Thursday's game against the Steelers, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Kalil was unable to practice all week while nursing an ankle injury, so it comes as something of a surprise that he'll suit up for Thursday Night Football. The five-time Pro Bowler appears on track to start Thursday, and he'll work to protect quarterback Cam Newton from a Steelers pass rush that has logged 26 sacks this season.
Kalil's absence from practice all week doesn't bode well for his chances of suiting up for the contest, but his questionable status suggests the team hasn't ruled out the possibility. Official word on his availability for the contest should surface shortly before the game Thursday.
Kalil (neck) logged a full practice Wednesday, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.
Kalil was originally diagnosed with a shoulder injury, but it has since been narrowed down to a neck injury. The 33-year-old hasn't missed any game time for the injury, and his full participation in practice Wednesday suggests that the injury isn't too severe.
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.
|11||11/18/18||@ DET||1:00 pm|
|13||12/2/18||@ TB||1:00 pm|
|14||12/9/18||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ NO||1:00 pm|
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