Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm
Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 17. Rudolph sounds iffy for Sunday. If he’s out, Rhett Ellison and Chase Ford would see increased snaps, but Ford seems to be more active in the passing game.
Kyle Rudolph said this week it was important for him to make sure he could do everything he'd normally do when he did return.
He's typically on the field for about 90 percent of the Vikings' offensive snaps; between the time he's had off and how much the Vikings have used Chase Ford and Rhett Ellison in Rudolph's absence, not sure it's realistic to expect him to play that much in his first week back.
But given how much the Vikings use two-tight end sets -- and how successful tight ends have been against the Chicago Bears (their 668 receiving yards allowed to tight ends is the third-most in the league, per ESPN Stats & Information) -- expect to see plenty of Rudolph on Sunday.
Rudolph is apparently healthy for the first time in a while. If you've been struggling with guys like Jordan Reed, for example, and whoever is the Washington TE of the week, Rudolph may be able to give you some stability at the position. All through the offeseason we had news items saying Rudolph was going to be the centerpiece of the offense. While that may not happen this week, it sounds like he's at least going to get his snaps. The hope is by next week we'll have a much better read, but the potential is there if you need help.
Friday, September 26, 2014, 6:33pm
Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (abdomen, groin, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 4. Rhett Ellison likely starts in Rudolph’s place while he recovers from a sports hernia injury. MarQueis Gray is also in the mix, and is more of a “move” TE than Ellison.
Thursday, September 25, 2014, 6:48pm
Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (abdomen, groin) missed practice again Thursday. Rhett Ellison likely starts in Rudolph’s place while he recovers from a sports hernia injury. MarQueis Gray is also in the mix, and is more of a “move” TE than Ellison.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 7:09pm
Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (abdomen, groin) did not practice Wednesday. Rhett Ellison likely starts in Rudolph’s place while he recovers from a sports hernia injury. MarQueis Gray is also in the mix, and is more of a “move” TE than Ellison.
NFL Media's Albert Breer reports, via a source apprised of the injury, that Kyle Rudolph will undergo sports hernia surgery and miss about six weeks.
The coaching staff had reasonable expectations of a career year for Rudolph in Norv Turner's tight end-friendly offense.
Rudolph's absence is especially disconcerting with RB Adrian Peterson and QB Matt Cassel out indefinitely. Rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater could have used Rudolph as another target, which will now make defenses jobs easier when facing the Vikes. Rhett Ellison and MarQueis Gray are next up on the depth chart.
Friday, December 13, 2013, 6:49pm
Thursday, December 12, 2013, 6:27pm
Vikings TE John Carlson (concussion) missed practice again Thursday. Carlson has to navigate his way through the NFL concussion protocol if he hopes to play in Week 15. Right now, it’s not looking good. Rhett Ellison and Chase Ford are the next men up.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013, 7:08pm
Vikings TE John Carlson (concussion) did not practice Wednesday. Carlson has to navigate his way through the NFL concussion protocol if he hopes to play in Week 15. Rhett Ellison and Chase Ford are the next men up.
Monday, December 9, 2013, 5:41pm
Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph was placed on injured reserve, HC Leslie Frazer announced. He suffered a broken foot on Nov. 3 against the Cowboys and was expected to return in 4-6 weeks. The team hoped Rudolph would practice this week, but he wasn’t ready to make that step.
Monday, December 9, 2013, 2:47pm
Friday, November 22, 2013, 6:23pm
Thursday, November 21, 2013, 6:48pm
Wednesday, November 20, 2013, 6:44pm
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