When the Minnesota Vikings selected Matt Kalil with the No. 4 overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft, he immediately stepped into a big role as the starting left tackle. With so much riding on the former USC Trojan, the Vikings and Minnesota were collectively holding their breath when Kalil left practice with an apparent thumb injury Monday. They were all able to exhale a short while later when Kalil returned to practice.
Kalil injured his right thumb early into Monday's practice. He was forced to leave the field for further evaluation, but returned to the final portion of practice after an MRI revealed no damage to the thumb. Charlie Johnson, who started 16 games at left tackle for the Vikings last season, filled in while Kalil was out.
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