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Kyle Rudolph

Kyle Rudolph

Tight End #82
Team: Minnesota Vikings
Ht / Wt:6'6" / 258 lb.
College:Notre Dame
Born:November 9, 1989
Drafted:2011 / Rd. 2 (43)
Draft Team:MIN

Kyle Rudolph: Heading to IR

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.

December 29, 2020 1:34 PM EST

Kyle Rudolph: Missing third consecutive game

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.

December 24, 2020 11:14 AM EST

Kyle Rudolph: No practice Wednesday

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.

December 23, 2020 1:49 PM EST

Kyle Rudolph: Not practicing Wednesday

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.

December 23, 2020 10:14 AM EST

Kyle Rudolph: Not practicing to begin Week 16

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.

December 22, 2020 12:22 PM EST

Kyle Rudolph: Out another week

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.

December 18, 2020 11:17 AM EST

Kyle Rudolph: Sitting out practice

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.

December 17, 2020 9:37 AM EST

Kyle Rudolph: Unable to rejoin practice

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.

December 16, 2020 12:23 PM EST

Kyle Rudolph: A rare DNP on Sunday

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.

December 13, 2020 8:34 AM EST

Kyle Rudolph: Unlikely to play Sunday

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.

December 12, 2020 9:42 PM EST

Kyle Rudolph: Officially deemed doubtful

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.

December 11, 2020 10:52 AM EST

Kyle Rudolph: Unlikely to play

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.

December 11, 2020 9:34 AM EST

Kyle Rudolph: Remains sidelined Thursday

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.

December 10, 2020 9:26 AM EST

Kyle Rudolph: Tending to foot injury

Rudolph didn't practice Wednesday due to a foot injury.

Analysis: According to Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Rudolph seemed to injure himself near the conclusion of this past Sunday's overtime victory against the Jaguars. With Irv Smith still unable to practice with his back concern, the Vikings only have one tight end (Tyler Conklin) on the active roster. No matter, Rudolph and Smith have two more opportunities to get on the practice field before the end of the week.

December 9, 2020 2:18 PM EST

Kyle Rudolph: Not seen at practice

Rudolph (undisclosed) isn't practicing Wednesday, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Analysis: With Irv Smith (groin) still out from practice after missing three of the past four games, Tyler Conklin was the lone tight end at Wednesday's session. Rudolph topped 60 yards in the first two games Smith missed, but the 31-year-old then finished with zero catches and two targets in Sunday's win over the Jaguars, despite playing 70 percent of offensive snaps. Rudolph reportedly suffered an injury late in the game.

December 9, 2020 11:34 AM EST

Kyle Rudolph: Goose egg in OT win

Rudolph failed to haul in either of his two targets in Sunday's 27-24 overtime win over the Jaguars.

Analysis: More was expected of Rudolph with fellow tight end Irv Smith (back) sidelined, especially after Rudolph piled up season highs in catches (seven) and receiving yards (68) last week. The red-zone reindeer remains stuck on a career-low one touchdown after averaging six over the previous five seasons, and Rudolph will be tough to trust in Week 14 against Tampa Bay regardless of Smith's status.

December 6, 2020 2:12 PM EST

Kyle Rudolph: Set for more reps

Rudolph is slated for more work Sunday against the Jaguars with Irv Smith (back) sidelined for the contest, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Analysis: During Smith's previous absences Weeks 10 and 12, Rudolph logged his highest offensive snap shares of the season (78 percent both times) en route to 11 catches for 131 yards and no touchdowns on 13 targets. However, with Adam Thielen (illness) back from the reserve/COVID-19 list, Rudolph may be no better than fourth in the pecking order for looks behind Thielen, Justin Jefferson and Dalvin Cook.

December 4, 2020 3:19 PM EST

Kyle Rudolph: Steps up late in win

Rudolph brought in seven of eight targets for 68 yards in the Vikings' 28-27 win over the Panthers on Sunday.

Analysis: The veteran tight end appeared poised for some extra work with position mate Irv Smith (groin) and wideout Adam Thielen (reserve/COVID-19) both out of action, but he nevertheless had a relatively quiet first half. However, Rudolph got plenty of Kirk Cousins' attention as the Vikings mounted a second-half comeback and finished tied for the team lead in receptions while checking in second in targets. It all equated to season highs across the board for Rudolph, who'll look to maintain a presence in the offense during a Week 13 battle against the Jaguars.

November 29, 2020 2:57 PM EST

Kyle Rudolph: Could see extra work Sunday

Rudolph's teammate Irv Smith (groin) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against Carolina.

Analysis: Rudolph had season highs for targets (five), catches (four) and yards (63) when Smith missed a Week 10 contest against Chicago with the same groin injury. Rudolph also handled season-high 78 percent snap share in that game, though it wasn't much of a change from his usual range in the high-60s to mid-70s. He's still not a top TE option by any means, but there's at least some streaming appeal with Smith out of the lineup, and he could get another volume boost if Adam Thielen (reserve/COVID-19) isn't cleared to play.

November 27, 2020 10:48 AM EST

Kyle Rudolph: Three receptions Sunday

Rudolph had three receptions for 28 yards on three targets in Sunday's loss to Dallas.

Analysis: Rudolph played more snaps (45) on offense than Irv Smith, Jr. (33), but went on just 17 routs compared to 21 for Smith. Both tight ends get only a minor portion of the targets with Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson commanding almost all the activity in the passing game. However, the passing attack may need to diversify the targets if Thielen misses time this week after landing on the COVID-19 list.

November 23, 2020 2:15 PM EST

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