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

Rudolph saw a huge increase in his workload during his second game back from injury against Green Bay on Sunday, playing 60 offensive snaps and catching three passes on five targets for 50 yards. The big target is a good candidate to make a push for top-12 status at tight end during the final weeks of the year.

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Rudolph (abdomen) practiced fully Thursday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

For the second week in a row, Rudolph is logging all drills in practice, proving that his sports hernia is a thing of the past. He'll aim to please owners Sunday against a Panthers defense that has given up a robust 15.4 YPC and two touchdowns to tight ends in the last four contests.

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Rudolph (groin) had three catches on five targets for 50 yards Sunday against the Packers.

Rudolph now has two games under his belt after missing six contests because of a sports hernia, and his performance Sunday was certainly better than the donut he put up in Week 11 against the Bears. He seems to be getting on the same page with quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, and he'll look for his first touchdown since Week 1 next Sunday against the Panthers, who have allowed more passing touchdowns than all but four teams in the NFL this season.

Kyle Rudolph TE MIN 24 Days

Rudolph (groin) is active for Sunday's contest versus the Packers.

After logging just 14 of 47 snaps in his return to action last Sunday, Rudolph is set to surpass 29.8 percent usage following a full week of practice. However, it's difficult to trust in the tight end until he establishes a significant share of the Vikings' passing attack and the trust of Teddy Bridgewater.

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Rudolph (abdomen/groin) is probable for Sunday's game against Green Bay.

Rudolph was very limited against the Bears last week, playing just 14 of 47 snaps, but it looks like he should see his workload increase against the Packers. Rudolph practiced fully all week, which seems to indicate a corner has been turned. Still, he'll be a risky fantasy start until he reestablishes himself as a full-time player in the Minnesota offense.

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Rudolph (abdomen/groin) was a full practice participant Wednesday, the Vikings' official site reports.

This past Sunday, Rudolph played in his first game since Week 3, as he recovered from sports hernia surgery. While he wasn't targeted across 14 snaps, his practice participation will seemingly be unhindered this week. At the very least, expect a modest increase in his workload for Sunday's game against the Packers.

Kyle Rudolph TE MIN 1 Month

Rudolph (groin) played just 14 snaps and did not have a ball thrown his way in Sunday's loss at Chicago.

It was his first game since since Week 3 and it appears the Vikings were easing him back into action from hernia surgery rather than any kind of setback. Check his status in practice, but he should be more involved in the offense next week against Green Bay.

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Rudolph (groin) is active for Sunday's game in Chicago.

Back in the fold for the first time since Week 3, Rudolph may have a limited workload in store, as coach Mike Zimmer relayed to the Minneapolis Star Tribune on Saturday. Until a rapport is established with Teddy Bridgewater, Rudolph's value is untenable as long as a cap in snaps is in place.

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Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer indicated that Rudolph (groin) may play limited snaps in Sunday's game against the Bears, The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "We'll have a plan for him on how many plays we'll want to use him in," Zimmer said. "We'll be smart with him."

A snap count wouldn't be surprising, given that Rudolph hasn't played since Week 3. He still figures to have a significant role in the offense, after logging full practices Thursday and Friday.

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Rudolph (groin) is probable for Sunday's game against Chicago.

As expected, Rudolph is fully cleared for his return, and the probable designation gives reason to hope for a significant workload. Teddy Bridgewater has made steady use of backup tight end Chase Ford, so Rudolph should be a fixture in the Minnesota passing game once he's at full speed.