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Mike Zimmer says Matt Kalil feeling better than he has since rookie year

5/8/2015

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings left tackle Matt Kalil, who had arthroscopic surgery to resolve lingering issues with both of his knees this offseason, has the team optimistic about his health for the 2015 season.

Coach Mike Zimmer said at the Vikings' rookie minicamp on Friday that Kalil feels "the best he's felt since his rookie year," saying the surgeries were just clean-ups. Kalil also underwent Regenexx therapy and platelet-rich plasma treatment, according to USA Today, after dealing with knee problems the past two seasons and having surgery on his left knee last May.

"I'm glad he got his issues taken care of," Zimmer said.

The Vikings picked up Kalil's fifth-year option on Monday, putting him in line to make more than $11 million in 2016. The option is guaranteed against injury only at this point, however, and Kalil would likely need to show he's back to his Pro Bowl form of 2012 to earn a long-term commitment from the Vikings. As much as his health affected both his play and his confidence last year, however, it's an important step for Kalil to begin the year on better footing than he did last year. The Vikings appear comfortable with his progress to this point.