Kyle Rudolph TE MIN 3 Months

ESPN Vikings blogger Ben Goessling expects Kyle Rudolph to have a bigger role under new OC Norv Turner.

Rudolph will be talked about plenty next summer as a potential breakout player at the tight end position, just as Jordan Cameron was last year under Turner and Rob Chudzinski in Cleveland. Turner has gotten big years out of Antonio Gates and Cameron over the past decade. Rudolph could be next in line. He was on pace for a 60-632-6 receiving line before breaking his foot this past season. If the Vikings can find a quarterback, Rudolph will have a chance to best that.

Kyle Rudolph TE MIN 5 Months

Vikings placed TE Kyle Rudolph on injured reserve with a fractured left foot, ending his season.

The Vikings needed room to sign another tight end after John Carlson's Week 14 concussion. Rudolph, who just turned 24, hadn't played since Week 9. His third NFL season ends with 30 catches for 313 yards and three touchdowns. Although Rudolph doesn't run the seam quite as well, he's flashed Gronkian ability as a red-zone target, catching 12 TDs over his last 23 games. He'll resurface as a potential TE1 in 2014 if and only if the Vikings upgrade at quarterback.

Kyle Rudolph TE MIN 5 Months

Speaking Thursday, Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said TE Kyle Rudolph (foot) "hasn't made as much progress as originally (hoped)."

Rudolph isn't practicing this week, and isn't close to a return. With only four games remaining, it's quite possible he's sent to injured reserve. Rudolph shouldn't be owned in re-draft leagues.

Kyle Rudolph TE MIN 5 Months

Kyle Rudolph (foot) remained sidelined at practice Wednesday.

Rudolph broke his foot in Week 9. He has a chance to return to practice at some point this week, but it remains unclear when he'll play in a game.

Kyle Rudolph TE MIN 5 Months

Vikings declared TE Kyle Rudolph, QB Josh Freeman, CB Josh Robinson, DL Chase Baker, OL Jeff Baca, OL Mike Remmers, and WR Rodney Smith inactive for Week 13 against the Bears.

Rudolph (foot) did participate in pre-game warmups Sunday, and has a chance to return to practice next week. His return to game action remains unclear.

Kyle Rudolph TE MIN 5 Months

Coach Leslie Frazier said Kyle Rudolph (foot) could return to practice next week.

In a best-case scenario, Rudolph would return from his broken foot for Week 14. Backup John Carlson has compiled 15 catches for 203 yards over the last three games.

Kyle Rudolph TE MIN 5 Months

Vikings declared TE Kyle Rudolph, QB Josh Freeman, WR Greg Jennings, CB Shaun Prater, RB Matt Asiata, G Jeff Baca, and DT Letroy Guion inactive for Week 11 against the Seahawks.

Rudolph will miss at least two more games with a broken foot.

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Speaking Tuesday, Vikings coach Leslie Frazier confirmed Kyle Rudolph (broken foot) will be sidelined 4-6 weeks.

It means the earliest Rudolph is likely to return is Week 14 against the Ravens, and that he could end up on injured reserve. Out at least a month in one of the league's worst offenses, Rudolph can be safely dropped in re-draft leagues. John Carlson is taking over as the Vikings' No. 1 tight end.

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Kyle Rudolph has been diagnosed with a broken foot, and could be sidelined "as much as a month."

The "as much as a month" comes from coach Leslie Frazier, who also said the Vikings aren't sure of Rudolph's exact timetable. With the Vikings' season in the tank, it's quite possible Rudolph will eventually end up on injured reserve. It leaves John Carlson as the starting tight end. Considering how inconsistent the far-more talented Rudolph has been in the Vikings' scattershot offense, Carlson will likely struggle for TE2 value.

Kyle Rudolph TE MIN 6 Months

X-rays on Kyle Rudolph's foot were negative.

This doesn't mean Rudolph is out of the woods, but it does mean he's avoided a fracture. In a best-case scenario, he has a minor sprain. Rudolph is headed for more testing -- likely an MRI -- on Monday. With the Vikings on a short week, we'd consider him highly questionable to face the Redskins.