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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.

He is listed as out on this week's official injury report.

News you need to know

From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Oct 20): Rudolph was unable to practice last week due to his injured abdomen/groin, and he was inactive on Sunday after being listed as out on Friday.

General News (Fri Oct 24): is out for this weekend's game.

General News (Wed Oct 22): did not practice on Wednesday.

Week 8: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Teddy Bridgewater is playing like what he is - an NFL rookie. No shame in it, but his numbers are making things tough on Minnesota in the 'W' column. He's thrown five interceptions vs. one TD pass over the last two games, with 157 yards passing at Buffalo last week and 188 vs. Detroit two weeks ago. Bridgewater also has absorbed 13 sacks for -84 yards over the past two weeks. It's not a good time to look for consistent production from the Vikings' passing attack, folks. There is a lot of necessary learning going on, but it doesn't make for compelling fantasy numbers week to week - just look at Greg Jennings (6/77/0 receiving last week to lead the team; 3/33/0 two weeks ago). However, this week Minnesota visits the Tampa Bay pass D - the league's worst pass D that averages 294.5 net yards allowed per game, tied for second-worst in the NFL with 15 passing scores given up vs. just four interceptions (tied for 18th in the NFL) and nine sacks (tied-25th) to date. Before last week's bye, Tampa had allowed 21/29 for 306 net yards, five TDs and zero passing TDS to Joe Flacco, and 35/57 for 371 net yards, two TDs and three interceptions to Drew Brees and company the week prior. If there is a weekend to dial up Bridgewater (or at least one of his receivers, like Jennings), this would be the weekend to do it if you can stand the downside risk of turnovers from the rookie.

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Latest News

Vikings | Friday injury report for Week 8 (Fri Oct 24, 03:28 PM) - Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (abdomen, groin) did not participate in practice Friday, Oct. 24, and has been ruled out. LB Gerald Hodges (hamstring) was limited in practice and is doubtful. CB Josh Robinson (ankle) did not participate in practice and is questionable. OG Vladimir Ducasse (knee) and Antone Exum Jr. (ankle) fully participated and are questionable. TE Chase Ford (foot), DT Sharrif Floyd (ankle), CB Jabari Price (hamstring), S Harrison Smith (ankle), C John Sullivan (concussion) and DE Corey Wootton (back) all fully practiced and are probable.

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Vikings | Thursday practice report (Thu Oct 23, 05:21 PM) - Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (hernia) and S Antone Exum (ankle) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 23. LB Gerald Hodges (hamstring), C John Sullivan (concussion), DT Sharrif Floyd (ankle), CB Jabari Price (hamstring) and CB Josh Robinson (ankle) were limited, while DE Corey Wootton (back), OG Vladimir Ducasse (knee), SS Harrison Smith (ankle) and TE Chase Ford (foot) practiced in full.

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Vikings | Kyle Rudolph works off to the side (Thu Oct 23, 03:07 PM) - Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (hernia) participated in the team stretch before practice Thursday, Oct. 23. Rudolph did some running off to the side with a trainer.

Our View: Still a ways off, we might see him after the Vikings bye. Don't grab him now unless you have a lot of roster room, but keep an eye on this as he might be worth a snag soon.
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Vikings | Kyle Rudolph progressing (Thu Oct 23, 10:26 AM) - Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (hernia) stretched with the team Wednesday, Oct. 22, and did some running on the side.

Our View: It looks like Rudolph could be back after the team's Week 10 bye, so if you are in need of tight end help, start thinking about him. We'll see enough of Teddy Bridgewater before then to know if there will be some value there.
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Vikings | Wednesday practice report (Wed Oct 22, 05:04 PM) - Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (hernia), LB Gerald Hodges (hamstring) and C John Sullivan (concussion) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 22. DE Corey Wootton (back), DT Sharrif Floyd (ankle), OG Vladimir Ducasse (knee), CB Jabari Price (hamstring) and S Antone Exum (ankle) were limited, while S Harrison Smith (ankle) and TE Chase Ford (foot) practiced in full.

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