| Tight End, Minnesota Vikings
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|Draft: 2011 Round 2 (11)
College: Notre Dame
Ht: 6’6” Wt: 259 DOB: 1989-11-09 Age: 25
|Regarded as the premier tight end in the 2011 rookie draft, Rudolph was basically red-shirted last season, catching just 26 passes for 249 yards and three touchdowns (all of his touchdowns were scored in his last seven games) as a backup to Visante Shiancoe. The Vikings chose not resign Shiancoe and with John Carlson brought on in a backup capacity, Rudolph will assume starting duties in 2012. He has sleeper potential given his solid size (6’6”, 258 pounds), which makes him a viable red zone option on a team that lacks size at the wide receiver position. However, it remains to be seen whether or not he can be a consistent weapon in the team’s passing attack. Consider him a TE2 with upside in 2012.
| McKinnon misses practice, Asiata limited -- Wed Nov 26 4:46 pm --|
Kyle Rudolph practices in full
|Did not participate: TE Chase Ford (hamstring/foot), FS Harrison Smith (shoulder/ankle), WR Cordarrelle Patterson (knee), RB Jerick McKinnon (low back) and DT Sharrif Floyd (knee).
Limited participation: RB Matt Asiata (concussion), LT Matt Kalil (knee) and LB Anthony Barr (knee).
Full participation: TE Kyle Rudolph (abdomen/groin), WR Jarius Wright (hamstring), WR Greg Jennings (rib) and RT Mike Harrison (ankle).
FF Today's Take: With Jerick McKinnon banged up, recent addition Ben Tate is likely to be worked into the rotation week 13. Until the backfield situation is worked out in Minnesota it is tough to trust any Viking running back for fantasy purposes.
| Kyle Rudolph practices Friday, expected to play -- Fri Nov 14 2:30 pm --|
Workload on Sunday is unclear
|Zimmer also said that he expects Kyle Rudolph to suit up Sunday, though it is unclear if the tight end in his return will re-assume the large workload he had before sports hernia surgery in Week 3.
Rudolph was listed as probable. His backup, Chase Ford, is also probable despite a foot injury. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)|
FF Today's Take: Owners desperate for a tight end can plug him into lineups immediately but ideally, you should wait a week in case his snaps are limited against the Bears.
| Vikings "hopeful" TE Rudolph returns in Week 11 -- Mon Nov 10 6:30 pm --|
Sidelined for six games since hernia surgery
|Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph "practiced a little bit" on Monday as the team returned from its bye week, HC Mike Zimmer said, and the team remains hopeful Rudolph will be able to return from a six-game absence on Sunday in Chicago.
Rudolph hasn't played since sustaining a sports hernia on Sept. 21 in New Orleans, and was originally projected to be out for six weeks. Rudolph said last week a return for the Bears' game "has been my goal the whole time," though he added he wouldn't run the risk of a setback by trying to return too quickly. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Rudolph said around the time of the surgery that his hernia had bothered him since the preseason, which means owners never got a chance to see what he could really do after dropping 15 pounds in the offseason. The fourth-year tight end returns to a team desperate for the size and athletic mismatch he offers down the middle of the field and in the red zone, which means he should be immediately considered as a fantasy TE1 when he is cleared to play.
| Kyle Rudolph eyeing Week 11 for return -- Mon Nov 3 7:00 am --|
Vikings TE recovering from hernia surgery
|The Vikings are winding down for the bye but tight end 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." (Pioneer Press)|
FF Today's Take: The Vikings have a bye Week 10 and will face the Bears in Week 11. Rudolph was averaging 5.6 targets per game before his injury in Week 3. He's a worthy stash if you're needy at the tight end position and have the roster depth.
| Kyle Rudolph making progress -- Thu Oct 23 4:00 pm --|
Recovering from double sports hernia surgery
|Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph, who has been out since Week 3 after double sports hernia surgery, participated in the team stretch at the beginning of practice for the first time since surgery and did running on the side with an athletic trainer. (Fox Sports)|
FF Today's Take: Given the current state of the Vikings' offense (Cordarrelle Patterson's lack of involvement, for example), it is not a stretch to think that Rudolph could be a second-half stud given the fact that Teddy Bridgewater is a short and intermediate thrower. Rudolph will probably remain out through Minnesota through the team's Week 10 bye, but appears to be on track to go after that.
| Vikings optimistic about early return from Rudolph -- Mon Sep 29 4:05 pm --|
Underwent sports hernia surgery after Week 3
|Mike Zimmer still feels like TE Kyle Rudolph out less than eight weeks from when hurt. That's why no injury with designation to return. (Chris Tomasson on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Rudolph admitted his injury had bothered him since early August and was given a 4-to-6 week timeline for recovery. As proof of Rudolph's upside when healthy, Jarius Wright ended up taking many of the slot snaps in Week 4 that Rudolph would have received. The Vikings' bye is in Week 10, which makes the following week a realistic return date. Any time before Week 11 should be considered a bonus.
| Kyle Rudolph likely out six weeks -- Mon Sep 22 3:35 pm --|
Will undergo sports hernia surgery
|TE Kyle Rudolph left Sunday’s loss to the Saints with a groin injury and was expected to have an MRI on Monday to determine the extent of the damage. Albert Breer of NFL Media reports that Rudolph will need to have sports hernia surgery and is expected to miss about six weeks while he recovers.
The Vikings have targeted Rudolph 17 times this season, just behind Greg Jennings for the most of anyone on the team. (Pro Football Talk)|
FF Today's Take: Another brutal blow for a Minnesota offense that has lost potentially its top two red-zone options in Adrian Peterson and Rudolph. Rhett Ellison and MarQueis Gray will fill in during his absence, but the Vikings don't have a suitable replacement for Rudolph on the roster. It makes the job even harder for rookie Teddy Bridgewater, who will make his first career start at home against Atlanta in Week 4.
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