Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph has played three games on a sprained right ankle. He’s finally about to get some extra rest.
Rudolph was in a walking boot after playing just 28 snaps in Minnesota’s 23-10 victory over Chicago at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings earned a first-round playoff bye as the NFC’s No. 2 seed, and he expects to feel a lot better when they next play Jan. 14 on their home field.
“I finally get some time off, so I’m going to try to get this thing back to 100 percent,” Rudolph said. “I played three games on it, so now I get some time off.”
Rudolph injured his ankle Dec. 10 at Carolina and was listed as doubtful two days before a Dec. 17 game against Cincinnati. He ended up playing against the Bengals, at Green Bay on Dec. 23 and on Sunday against the Bears.
Playing reduced snaps because of the injury, Rudolph caught just one pass for three yards against Chicago to finish the season with 57 catches for 532 yards.
MIN TE Kyle Rudolph - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook
Week 17 vs. Chicago Bears
Kyle Rudolph came out of nowhere to put up 122 yards and two touchdowns on nine catches last week. That game accounted for 22 percent of his total fantasy football output this season. In other words — don't expect that to happen again. He'll face the Bears this week, a team he went 2-19 against earlier in the year. He's a TD-or-bust option at tight end in Week 17.