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Matt Kalil tries to recover from season plagued by knee problems

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Vikings left tackle Matt Kalil played well enough as a rookie in 2012 to become a Pro Bowler. His second season didn’t go quite as well.

As explained by Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, a knee injury limited Kalil’s performance in 2013.

“It was some problems with my knee swelling up, becoming inflamed,” Kalil said. “And that affected the way I move and stuff like that. But that’s football. It happens. You got to play through it, so I’ll be all right.”

Kalil, the fourth overall pick two years ago, doesn’t want to use the knee as an excuse. But he had surgery on the knee in April, after the situation bothered him for the final two months of the season.

“It’s kind of a progressive injury over a long period of time,” Kalil said. “It’s not just one specific thing that caused it. . . . I started feeling it toward the end of the season, over the last five or six games.”

Kalil looks forward to a strong third season.

“I think it’s going to be a different story [in 2014]. I had an awesome offseason working out. I did everything I need to do.”

The Vikings need to do plenty for the team to perform this year like it did when Kalil was a rookie. If Kalil is healthy and effective, it will go a long way toward helping the team achieve its goals.