Rudolph (foot) has been placed on the Giants' preseason PUP list, Zack Rosenblatt of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
Analysis: Rudolph had offseason foot surgery, so it's not surprising to see the Giants decide to ease the tight end into the mix this summer. Rudolph was able to get some limited work in during the team's minicamp last month, a sign that he's trending in the right direction with regard to being available for Week 1 action.
Jul 22, 2021 2:30 PM EST
Rudolph (foot) was spotted catching passes on the field during Thursday's minicamp practice, Zack Rosenblatt of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
Analysis: Giants head coach Joe Judge isn't willing to commit to Rudolph being a full participant for the start of training camp, but the veteran tight end's presence on the field at minicamp is a sign he's progressing well from March surgery to address a foot injury. Rudolph will likely enter the season as the No. 2 tight end on the depth chart behind Evan Engram, but the big body he offers in the red zone coupled with his skills as a blocker should allow the 31-year-old to see plenty of snaps.
Jun 10, 2021 10:20 AM EST
Rudolph (foot) said Wednesday that he will undergo surgery "as soon as possible" and expects to be ready for Week 1, Paul Schwartz of the New York Post reports.
Analysis: Rudolph's deal with the Giants was held up for a bit due to medical concerns relating to his required procedure, but the contract was officially inked Wednesday, indicating that both sides are on the same page. It doesn't appear that there's any real concern about the veteran tight end missing regular-season action, as the Giants did not adjust the financials of his contract in any way. Rudolph's foot injury forced him to miss Weeks 14-17 with the Vikings last season.
Mar 24, 2021 10:25 AM EST
Rudolph (foot) signed a contract with the Giants on Wednesday, after medical concerns held up the initial agreement, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: The initial report doesn't provide details, but there's a good chance Rudolph settled for a lesser contract after the Giants' medical staff suggested he might need surgery for the foot injury that caused him to miss Weeks 14-17 last season. Whatever the case, Rudolph is now officially a Giant, joining Evan Engram and Kaden Smith in the team's TE room.
Mar 24, 2021 8:15 AM EST
Rudolph hasn't signed a contract with the Giants, as the team's medical staff believes his injured foot will require surgery, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: The two parties had a verbal agreement on a two-year contract, but the Giants are recalculating after their medical team examined Rudolph, who missed the final four games of 2020 with a foot injury. It's no longer clear he'll sign with the Giants, nor is it clear he'll be available Week 1 if he does. However, Garafolo suggests Rudolph is working with the team to find a solution.
Mar 24, 2021 7:43 AM EST
Rudolph (foot) is signing a two-year contract with the Giants, Chad Graff of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: The initial report calls it a $16 million deal, but that may include incentives and bonuses that the veteran tight end is unlikely to ever see. Whatever the case, Rudolph joins a TE room with Evan Engram and Kaden Smith -- a duo that looked promising after 2019 but less so after 2020. Granted, the 31-year-old Rudolph wasn't exactly a world-beater last year, putting up 28/334/1 in 12 games before a foot injury sent him to injured reserve. Engram is the one who still has a shred of fantasy upside, though he's unlikely to approach his 2020 workload of 83 percent snap share and 109 targets.
Mar 18, 2021 11:56 AM EST
The Vikings have released Rudolph (foot).
Analysis: Rudolph logged 28 catches (on 37 targets) for 334 yards and a TD in 12 games for the Vikings last season. The 31-year-old finished the season on IR with a foot injury, but once it's established that he's past the issue, look for the 2011 second-rounder to catch on with another team looking for an experienced tight end option.
Mar 2, 2021 2:50 PM EST
The Vikings placed Rudolph (foot) on injured reserve Tuesday.
Analysis: After failing to record a catch Week 13 against the Jaguars, Rudolph hasn't practiced and now will miss the final four games of the campaign, which saw him record 28 catches (on 37 targets) for 334 yards and one touchdown. For a player with a cap numbers of $9.45 million next season and more than $10 million in both 2022 and 2023, he may have played his last down as a Viking due to the overall play of his replacements Irv Smith and Tyler Conklin.
Dec 29, 2020 1:34 PM EST
Rudolph (foot) has been ruled out for Friday's game at New Orleans.
Analysis: Rudolph hasn't played or practiced since going without a catch Week 13 against the Jaguars. His absence Week 16 marks his third in a row and leaves Irv Smith and Tyler Conklin as the Vikings' pair of available tight ends.
Dec 24, 2020 11:14 AM EST
Rudolph (foot) officially didn't practice Wednesday.
Analysis: Rudolph last practiced Week 13, missing two games in the process. With a third absence seemingly on tap Friday at New Orleans, the Vikings appear poised to roll with Irv Smith and Tyler Conklin yet again at tight end.
Dec 23, 2020 1:49 PM EST
Rudolph (foot) wasn't spotted at the portion of Wednesday's practice open to the media, Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: Rudolph hasn't practiced since Week 13 prep, showing no signs of completing his recovery from a foot injury. Until he gets back in the field, the Vikings will continue to rely on Irv Smith and Tyler Conklin at tight end.
Dec 23, 2020 10:14 AM EST
Rudolph (foot) didn't participate in Tuesday's practice.
Analysis: Rudolph hasn't practiced in any fashion for either of the previous two weeks, and his continued absence from the field to begin Week 16 doesn't bode well for his chances of making it back to action Friday in New Orleans. If Rudolph is sidelined for a third straight game, Irv Smith and Tyler Conklin would be in line for increased reps at tight end.
Dec 22, 2020 12:22 PM EST
Rudolph (foot) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Bears.
Analysis: Rudolph hasn't been able to practice the past two weeks and now will miss a second straight game. Tyler Conklin led the Minnesota tight ends in snap share (57 percent) and targets (five) last week, but Irv Smith was more productive with a 4-63-1 receiving line. Smith could take more snaps from Conklin this week, as it'll be the 22-year-old's second game back in the lineup after missing some time with groin and back injuries.
Dec 18, 2020 11:17 AM EST
Rudolph (foot) won't take part in Thursday's practice, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Analysis: After sitting out the Vikings' Week 14 loss to the Buccaneers, Rudolph has opened Week 15 with consecutive absences at practice. He'll likely need to practice on at least a limited basis Friday to have a realistic shot at playing Sunday against the Bears, but if Rudolph can't go, Irv Smith would be in store for more work as the Vikings' unquestioned top pass-catching tight end.
Dec 17, 2020 9:37 AM EST
Rudolph (foot) didn't practice Wednesday, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Analysis: Rudolph is in danger of missing a second straight game, following his first absence since 2014. Irv Smith caught four passes for 63 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 26-14 loss to Tampa, though he played a season-low 35 percent of snaps after missing three of the previous four games with a groin injury. Tyler Conklin played 57 percent of snaps last week, catching five passes for 40 yards on a career-high five targets.
Dec 16, 2020 12:23 PM EST
Rudolph (foot) is listed as inactive Sunday at Tampa Bay.
Analysis: A foot injury kept Rudolph off the practice field all week and now will force his first absence since Week 16 of the 2014 season. With Rudolph out of the picture, the Vikings will lean on Irv Smith and Tyler Conklin at tight end.
Dec 13, 2020 8:34 AM EST
Rudolph (foot), who is listed as doubtful, is not expected to play Sunday against Tampa Bay, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Rudolph was unable to practice all week due to the foot injury, so it appears his immediate outlook hasn't improved halfway through the weekend. However, Irv Smith (back) is expected to return from a two-game absence and should operate as Minnesota's No. 1 tight end, though he could still be somewhat limited. Tyler Conklin is the only other tight end on the active roster for the Vikings.
Dec 12, 2020 9:42 PM EST
Rudolph (foot) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Rudolph missed practice Wednesday through Friday, while Irv Smith (back) returned Thursday as a limited participant. We've seen Rudolph take advantage of Smith's absence with a couple nice receiving lines in recent weeks, but the veteran put up a goose egg last Sunday, and he now appears destined to miss a game for the first time this season. Smith is listed as questionable after missing three of the past four games, leaving Tyler Conklin as the team's only fully healthy tight end.
Dec 11, 2020 10:52 AM EST
Rudolph (foot) isn't expected to play Sunday against Tampa Bay, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Analysis: Rudolph was held out of every practice this week, while fellow tight end Irv Smith (back) returned Thursday as a limited participant. Rudolph put up 4-63-0 and 7-68-0 in the first two game Smith missed, but he then finished with a goose egg last week, despite playing 64 snaps (70 percent) against the Jaguars defense. Tyler Conklin also played at least 60 percent of snaps in each of those games, so Smith won't automatically take on a three-down role this week.
Dec 11, 2020 9:34 AM EST
Rudolph (foot) didn't practice Thursday, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: On the plus side for the Vikings, fellow tight end Irv Smith (back) was on the field Thursday, but Rudolph's status for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers now looks murky in the wake of back-to-back missed practices.
Dec 10, 2020 9:26 AM EST
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