- Pat Yasinskas, ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter
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Center Ryan Kalil, who took out a full-page ad in The Charlotte Observer last summer that promised a Super Bowl championship, wasn’t making any bold predictions Tuesday during the team’s minicamp.
“Umm, just get back out there and take it one day at a time,’’ Kalil said with a laugh.
Kalil’s ultimate goal is to get to the Super Bowl, but maybe he learned a lesson from last year. Or maybe he has other more-pressing goals.
Kalil is coming off Lisfranc foot surgery that cut last season short. Last week marked the first time he was cleared to participate in individual and team drills.
“I’m still rehabbing it, but I’m able to push off of it, move, block and run around, so it’s good,’’ Kalil said.
Kalil said team doctor Robert Anderson, who performed the surgery and is recognized as an expert on Lisfranc injuries, helped prepare him for a challenging recovery process.
“Dr. Anderson gave me a list of guys that had similar injuries and told me to call them,’’ Kalil said. “(San Diego center) Nick Hartwick said it doesn’t feel great for a while and that turned out to be the most accurate advice anybody gave me. It’s been a very long and tedious process. It still stays pretty sore, but I’m just trying to work my way through it. They say motion is lotion, so that’s what I’m doing.’’
Kalil said he expects to be 100 percent healthy by the start of training camp in late July.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- On a day when one member of the Carolina Panthers was stating a seemingly outrageous goal, a teammate that now knows better was making sure to understate things.