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Panthers get stars Kalil, Olsen back vs. Vikings

From ESPN - December 7, 2017

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers will have Pro Bowl players Ryan Kalil and Greg Olsen back for Sunday's key NFC game against the Minnesota Vikings at Bank of America Stadium.

Kalil, a five-time Pro Bowl selection at center, said Thursday he will play even though coach Ron Rivera cautiously said, "We will see.''

"I will be suiting up and snapping the ball on Sunday,'' said Kalil, sidelined 10 of the past 11 games with a neck injury that flared up after the opener.

Kalil attempted to make a comeback in an Oct. 22 game at Chicago, but aggravated the injury in the first half and did not play in the second half. He has been inactive for four of the past five games, not playing in the one game he suited up.

Tyler Larsen has started for Kalil, but has not practiced the past two days because of a foot injury. He had a walking boot on earlier in the week.

Kalil was listed as limited on Thursday, but he worked with the first-team offense during the media portion of practice.

"He's had a good couple of days,'' Rivera said. "Real encouraged by it. I know he's encouraged by it. He looks good out there. We will continue with it.''

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