Kyle Rudolph TE MIN 2 months ago

Rudolph is participating in in this week's OTAs and says he's fully healthy after missing seven games last season due to hernia surgery, ankle and knee injuries, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "I'll tell you, what's even a better addition is have Kyle Rudolph back healthy," quaterback Teddy Bridgewater said. "He's like a whole new player on the team."

Rudolph missed six games last year after a sports hernia injury that required surgery and wasn't at full speed when he returned. He missed an additional game due to a knee and ankle injury. Rudolph could be a primary weapon in the Minnesota offense as offensive coordinator Norv Turner has an impressive track record with tight ends, but Rudolph needs to show he can stay healthy after missing nearly half his games the past two seasons.

Kyle Rudolph TE MIN 7 months ago

Rudolph (knee) is active for Sunday's game against the Bears.

Rudolph will suit up Sunday, though he won't be at full strength. Even against a vulnerable Bears pass defense, Rudolph's knee woes and inconsistent production make him a risky play.

Kyle Rudolph TE MIN 7 months ago

Rudolph (knee) is questionable for Sunday's game against Chicago.

Rudolph was able to log just one practice this week, and that was only a limited showing Friday. He's not all that close to full strength and is a very risky fantasy consideration at the moment.

Kyle Rudolph TE MIN 7 months ago

Rudolph (knee/ankle) didn't participate in practice Wednesday, Matt Vensel of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Rudolph has yet to fit in a drill since landing on the injury report last Wednesday, which doesn't bode well for taking the field Sunday against the Bears. However, the Vikings haven't ruled him out from a game that will decided the cellar dweller of the NFC North, implying there's a chance he plays in Week 17.

Kyle Rudolph TE MIN 7 months ago

Rudolph (ankle/knee) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Dolphins.

Rudolph will sit for the seventh time in 15 games this season. Chase Ford is expected to start in Rudolph's place.

Kyle Rudolph TE MIN 7 months ago

Rudolph (ankle/knee) is doubtful for Sunday's game against Miami.

Injuries have made 2014 a mostly wasted season for Rudolph, which is discouraging since he has a history of injury troubles. Chase Ford should start with Rudolph likely sitting out Sunday.

Kyle Rudolph TE MIN 7 months ago

Rudolph (knee) didn't take part in practice Thursday, Matt Vensel of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

After missing both practices to kick off the week, a warning light is currently flashing. Rudolph's activity level Friday will be telling for his Week 16 availability, but Teddy Bridgewater may only have tight ends Rhett Ellison and Chase Ford at his disposal Sunday in Miami.

Kyle Rudolph TE MIN 7 months ago

Rudolph (knee/ankle) didn't practice Wednesday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Rudolph is coming off his best performance of the season -- seven receptions for 69 yards -- but an absence to start the week isn't exactly encouraging. However, his lack of activity may have been a precautionary measure, meaning upcoming injury reports could clear up his status in advance of Sunday's contest at Miami.

Kyle Rudolph TE MIN 7 months ago

Rudolph had a season-high seven catches (on seven targets) for 69 yards in Sunday's loss at Detroit.

Rudolph had a couple of catches late in the game, with the Vikings trailing, but he still tied for the team lead in receptions and targets. After posting a season high in yardage Sunday, he might be starting to get healthier for next week's matchup at Miami.

Kyle Rudolph TE MIN 7 months ago

Minnesota offensive coordinator Norv Turner said Rudolph lacks the explosiveness and the quickness he had before sports hernia surgery in late September, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "I don't think he'll be all the way back until we get into camp next year," Turner said.

Rudolph played 54 snaps on offense last week, so he's back to the playing levels he had before the surgery. However, he's averaging just over three targets per game since returning from surgery. He's more of a limited red zone threat than key part of the passing offense in his current condition.