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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Rudolph (abdomen) is active for Sunday's game against the Jets.

Rudolph is long recovered from his sports hernia but continues to get listed on the injury report. Despite limited production recently, the Jets have struggled covering pass-catching tight ends this season, and Rudolph is always a solid red-zone threat.

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Rudolph (abdomen) is probable for Sunday's game against the Jets.

Rudolph saw three targets for two catches against Carolina last week, going for just seven yards but one touchdown. Rudolph remains the Vikings' most intuitive red-zone target among the pass catchers, but his yardage totals don't figure to be high on a predictable basis.

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Rudolph (abdomen) was a full participant in Thursday's practice.

Rudolph was listed on the injury report last week, but fully practiced and was able to play so we'd expect the same outcome this week. Rudolph may not be at full strength the rest of the season after hernia surgery in September, but he could make an impact in the red zone as he had a four-yard touchdown last week.

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Rudolph had two receptions for seven yards, including a four-yard touchdown, in Sunday's win over Carolina. He was targeted four times.

Although Rudolph didn't get a large number of targets it's reassuring to see him become a factor in the red zone with Teddy Bridgewater. Rudolph may not be at full strength the rest of the season after hernia surgery in September, but he could make an impact in the red zone the final four weeks.