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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.

Kyle Rudolph TE MIN 3 Months

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.

Kyle Rudolph TE MIN 3 Months

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.

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Rudolph (abdomen) is active for Sunday's contest against the Panthers.

Coming off a three-catch, 50-yard performance in Week 12, Rudolph has in hand a sneaky-good matchup versus a Carolina defense that has allowed 15.4 YPC and two touchdowns to tight ends over the past four games.

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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.

Kyle Rudolph TE MIN 3 Months

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.