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The Vikings’ prized possession of the 2012 NFL draft has immediately been cemented in as the anchor of this offensive line.
So for reasons much more than just who his backup is (DeMarcus Love), losing Matt Kalil for an extended period of time would be a crushing blow to the team.
The most affected would be Christian Ponder and his development as a quarterback.
Kalil’s presence should allow Ponder more time in the pocket to dissect defenses and read progressions.
If he’s lost for an extended period of time, Ponder can expect to go through much of what he went through last year—further hindering his growth.
Losing a high draft pick to injury also damages team moral because of the potential lift those players can give teams.
These two reasons alone make Kalil the one player Minnesota can ill-afford to lose the most.
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