Jets place five-time Pro Bowler Ryan Kalil on injured reserve
The New York Jets were able to convince Ryan Kalil to come out of retirement in the offseason but his season is coming to an abrupt end. According to Ian Rapoport, New York has placed Ryan Kalil on injured reserve.
The #Jets have placed OL Ryan Kalil on season-ending Injured Reserve, sending him back into retirement. To fill his spot, they signed OL Leo Koloamatangi to the active roster.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 16, 2019
With Kalil heading to injured reserve, the Jets are signing Leo Koloamatangi to their active roster. Kalil had been the starting center for New York’s first seven games.
Then, the five-time Pro Bowler suffered a knee injury in Week 8 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Since then, Kalil has been sidelined and has been unable to practice with the team.
As a result, Kalil’s season is over and there’s a chance that he heads back into retirement for the second time in his career. Of course, Kalil retired after the 2018 season as a member of the Carolina Panthers.
The veteran center spent 12 seasons with the Panthers and was named an All-Pro twice. However, injuries began to hinder Kalil towards the end of his career and decided to walk away from the game at 33-years-old.
After spending months away from football, Kalil began to express interest in returning to the NFL. That prompted New York to see how much interest Kalil had in returning to be their starting center.
Without a doubt, Kalil needed some time to get back into football shape and was able to do so before the season began. Unfortunately, injuries are becoming an issue for the 34-year-old center once again.
When Kalil chose to come out of retirement, there was some optimism surrounding this Jets team. Now, it’s safe to say that it might’ve been better for Kalil to remain in retirement rather than join New York for the 2019 season.