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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.

Kyle Rudolph TE MIN 14 Days

Rudolph (groin) is expected to play Sunday against Chicago, head coach Mike Zimmer told the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Rudolph was able to practice all week and should play in his first game since Week 3. He underwent surgery following Week 3 to repair a sports hernia issue. He should resume his role as the top tight end, but it's possible the Vikings could limit his snaps to ease him back into action.

Kyle Rudolph TE MIN 15 Days

Rudolph (sports hernia) was a full participant in practice Thursday, Matt Vensel of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Rudolph's upgrade from Wednesday's limited showing inches him closer to his first appearance since Week 3, but the final injury report of the week will relay his potential availability for Sunday's game in Chicago. If he takes the field, his workload could be limited in order to ease him into the fold.

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Rudolph (sports hernia) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.

It was Rudolph's first full practice since he underwent surgery following Week 3. Even though he was limited, his return to practice bodes well for his potential return this week against Chicago. However, we'll need to see how he holds up during practice later in the week.

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Rudolph (sports hernia) participated in Monday's practice and did more than individual work and head coach Mike Zimmer said he's hopeful he'll play this week, the KFAN 100.3 FM in Minneapolis reports.

Rudolph underwent surgery following Week 3 to repair a sports hernia issue and has increased his activity this past week. It looks like he could play this week, but we'll know more when the team's first injury report comes out Wednesday.

Kyle Rudolph TE MIN 24 Days

Rudolph (sports hernia) returned to practice Tuesday and hopes to play in Week 11 once the Vikings return from their current bye week, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Rudolph underwent surgery following Week 3 to repair a sports hernia issue, but made his long-awaited return to practice Wednesday. Although Rudolph was limited to individual drills, the Vikings' current bye week will allow the tight end to gain some extra rest before Week 11. At that time, if Rudolph's condition continues to improve, he aims to be able to take the field versus the Bears.

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Rudolph (sports hernia) did not practice Thursday, but continues to do conditioning work, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Rudolph continues to make progress and is expected to return Week 11 after Minnesota's bye week.

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Rudolph (sports hernia) stretched with the team and ran on the side during Wednesday's practice, Fox Sports North reports.

He didn't participate in practice, but it sounds like he's making progress. He'll likely return in Week 11 after Minnesota's bye week.

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Rudolph (sports hernia) has started to increase his activity and recently resumed upper-body weight-lifting, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Rudolph underwent surgery in late September to repair a sports hernia and had an initial timetable to return in six weeks. It's early in his recovery, but it looks like he's on track to return Week 11 just after Minnesota's bye week.