Kyle Rudolph is ramping up his rehabilitation from hernia surgery and targeting the team's next game, Nov. 16 at Chicago, for his return.
"That's my goal," Rudolph said after Sunday's 29-26 victory over Washington. "I've got to get myself in football shape. In my mind, I have two weeks to get ready so I'm going to do everything I can to get out there then."
Regaining the former Pro Bowler can only help Minnesota's offense and rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.
Surgeons on Sept. 25 re-attached Rudolph's abdominal muscles to his pelvic bone after he aggravated a nagging core injury in a Week 3 loss at New Orleans, the story said. The injury started bothering him the first week of training camp in early August. Rudolph and the training staff tried managing the initial tear to avoid surgery. Rudolph was drafted as a low-end TE1 but never really took off likely due to the injury. It will remain to be seen if he can get back to that value.