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TE Kyle Rudolph - Minnesota Vikings

6-6, 259Born: 11-9-1989College: Notre DameDrafted: Round 2

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Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (hernia) will undergo surgery for a sports hernia. He is expected to miss about six weeks.

News you need to know

From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Sun Sep 28): Rudolph didn't practice last week due to his injured abdomen/groin, and he was inactive on Sunday after being listed as out on Friday.

Week 5: at Green Bay Packers

Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at STL 2 16 1 0
2 vs NE 5 53 0 0
3 at NO 3 27 0 0
5 at GB PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 2 vs NE (8 / 5 / 53 / 0 rec)

Rudolph started out how on the first drive with a pair of catches for 26 yards, but then the offense fell apart. Most of the day, Rudolph was well covered--he only had a few passes where he wasn't blanketed by at least one defender. That made it tough to make catches, but even when he was free, Rudolph struggled, dropping several balls he should have had where he was not under pressure. He was the most targeted player on the team and will continue to be in line for a lot of work.

2014 Week 3 vs NO (5 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)

The tight end was forced from the game in the fourth quarter and will be gone for about six weeks due to sports-hernia surgery per Albert Breer of NFL Network. Rudolph appeared to hurt it while going out on a route, as he began hopping up and down as he ran. Other than that, Rudolph had been playing well, with the exception of one pass which went through his hands early on in the game. This is a blow to the Vikings offense, and we'll see if they sign another player to help or if Rhett Ellison will get more snaps.


Latest News

Vikings | Week 4 Inactives (Sun Sep 28, 03:08 PM) - The Minnesota Vikings have declared DE Scott Crichton, LB Chad Greenway, WR Charles X. Johnson, TE Kyle Rudolph, WR Rodney Smith, LB Brandon Watts, OG David Yankey inactive for Week 4.

Vikings | Kyle Rudolph misses practice (Wed Sep 24, 04:26 PM) - Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (abdomen, groin) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Sept. 24.

Our View: Rudolph is dealing with a hernia injury that required surgery. He's expected to miss about six weeks.
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Vikings | Kyle Rudolph could avoid IR (Wed Sep 24, 02:20 PM) - Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (hernia) could return in time to avoid going on the short-term Reserve/Injured list, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.

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Vikings | Kyle Rudolph surgery for hernia (Mon Sep 22, 02:13 PM) - Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (hernia) will undergo surgery for a sports hernia. He is expected to miss about six weeks.

Our View: This doesn't help with young quarterback Teddy Bridgewater taking over as a starter. Without Rudolph in the lineup, we'll see more from Rhett Ellison. Converted college quarterback MarQueis Gray could see a larger opportunity at tight end as well.
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Vikings | Kyle Rudolph needs surgery (Mon Sep 22, 02:05 PM) - Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (groin) will need surgery and is expected to miss about six weeks.

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