The Panthers offensive line is taking some serious hits. Right tackle Daryl Williams is out indefinitely with a dislocated patella and torn ligament in his knee. Fellow tackle Amini Silatolu is also out with a torn meniscus.
Now, Matt Kalil, the Panthers' star left tackle, is out after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery.
Panthers left tackle Matt Kalil had an arthroscopic procedure on his knee and is week to week.— Jourdan Rodrigue (@JourdanRodrigue) August 21, 2018
The good news is that Kalil is only out on a week-to-week basis, according to the head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion. However, the Panthers
With Kalil out, it looks like Taylor Moton could be taking his spot.
Taylor Moton started out competing at left guard. Then he became the starting right tackle. Now with Matt Kalil's situation, he could be the opening day left tackle. Talk about bouncing around.— Max Henson (@PanthersMax) August 21, 2018
This could be a blessing in disguise for the Panthers, who will be forced to try out other players at left tackle and get some other looks at what they have. Kalil hasn't been playing well recently and his expensive salary makes him a liability on the financial side of things too.
But perhaps Kalil's knee has contributed to his declining performance on the field. This surgery could give him a new start and have him playing like a Pro Bowler again.