Signed in the late stages of the offseason after being called out of retirement, New York Jets center Ryan Kalil’s season will end early.
The New York Jets are placing center Ryan Kalil on injured reserve. The team announced the move on Saturday afternoon, less than 24 hours before they face the Washington Redskins on the road (1 p.m. ET, Fox).
We’ve signed OL Leo Koloamatangi to the active roster and placed OL Ryan Kalil on IR.
— New York Jets (@nyjets) November 16, 2019
Kalil, 34, was signed by the Jets on Aug. 2. Previously, he earned five Pro Bowl invites and three All-Pro nominations as a member of the Carolina Panthers. He had retired after a 12-year NFL career but was convinced out of retirement by the Jets to replace departing center Spencer Long.
Kalil appeared and started in seven games for the Jets this season, but he was not the same type of All-Pro lineman fans were used to seeing in Carolina.
The lineman was forced to leave an Oct. 27 game in Jacksonville with a knee injury. This ailment forced him to miss the most recent games against the Miami Dolphins and New York Giants.
Kalil’s future with the team is uncertain. As mentioned earlier, the center came out of retirement to sign with the Jets and he’s only on a one-year deal. It’s unclear whether or not he’ll want to play another season for the Jets are any other team for that matter.
In Kalil’s place, the Jets signed Leo Koloamatangi to their active roster. A Hawaii alum, Koloamatangi has spent his career on and off the Detroit Lions’ practice squad since being signed as an undrafted free agent in 2017.
Koloamatangi has yet to appear in an NFL game during his career.