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Kyle Rudolph | Tight End

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (25) / 11/9/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 259
College: Notre Dame
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Kyle Rudolph has missed 16 games over his four seasons with the Vikings.
Rudolph was also consistently in the training room at Notre Dame, meaning he has played just two full seasons over his last six. He's been hampered by foot fracture, knee sprain, ankle sprain, hamstring pull and abdominal tear, leading to an injury-prone label. "I'd like to think no one in the league works harder than I do to stay healthy and take care of my body, but the bottom line is I haven't been, and the only way to get rid of those questions is to play 16 games," he said. Rudolph has TE1 upside as a red-zone threat for Teddy Bridgewater, but profiles more as a TE2 for now. Feb 17 - 11:17 AM

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Kyle Rudolph was held catch-less in the Vikings' Week 17 win over the Bears.

We noticed Rudolph on an impressive block to spring Matt Asiata for a first-half run, but otherwise he was quiet coming off multiple injuries. Dating back to Notre Dame, Rudolph has been incredibly injury prone, and he missed seven more games this year, finishing with a disappointing 24-231-2 receiving line. Still only 25 years old, Rudolph is locked up long term in Minnesota after GM Rick Spielman handed him a new six-year, $37.5 million deal this past summer. Although Rudolph plays under typically tight end-friendly OC Norv Turner and in a promising passing attack, his Dynasty outlook is suspect. Rudolph is a quality red-zone target, but isn't quick enough to consistently defeat linebackers or safeties in coverage. He'll be better viewed as a TE2 in 2015 re-draft leagues.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 05:08:00 PM

Kyle Rudolph (ankle/knee) is listed as questionable for Week 17.

Rudolph did very little on the practice field this week. Even if he plays against the Bears, Rudolph would figure to be "limited" in the game.
Fri, Dec 26, 2014 02:02:00 PM

Kyle Rudolph (ankle, knee) remained sidelined Thursday.

The injury-prone tight end appears poised to miss Sunday's finale.
Thu, Dec 25, 2014 03:47:00 PM

Kyle Rudolph (ankle/knee) is not practicing Wednesday.

It's not a good sign for his Week 17 status. Chase Ford will continue to start if Rudolph is held out.
Wed, Dec 24, 2014 01:34:00 PM

Vikings declared TE Kyle Rudolph, S Ahmad Dixon, CB Shaun Prater, FB Zach Line, LB Anthony Barr, OT Carter Bykowski, and G Charlie Johnson inactive for Week 16 against the Dolphins.

Chase Ford will replace Rudolph as Minnesota's pass-catching tight end.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 11:34:00 AM

Kyle Rudolph (ankle/knee) is listed as doubtful for Week 16.

Chase Ford and Rhett Ellison will share tight end duties at Miami.
Fri, Dec 19, 2014 03:15:00 PM

Kyle Rudolph (ankle, knee) remained sidelined Thursday.

Rudolph is beginning to look shaky for Sunday's trip to Miami. Rudolph is coming off his first effective game of 2014, but will be difficult to trust as a TE2 at far less than 100 percent health. Rudolph has admitted his groin remains an issue in addition to his knee and ankle ailments. Chase Ford will start at tight end if Rudolph sits in South Beach.
Thu, Dec 18, 2014 03:54:00 PM

Kyle Rudolph (knee, ankle, groin) is not practicing again Thursday.

Rudolph's inability to completely put his sports hernia surgery behind him is a concern. If he is held out Sunday at Miami, Chase Ford will start.
Thu, Dec 18, 2014 12:17:00 PM

Kyle Rudolph (knee, ankle) did not practice Wednesday.

Rudolph recently admitted he wasn't completely over his sports-hernia surgery and is now dealing with knee and ankle injuries. He should be considered questionable for Week 16. Chase Ford would start if Rudolph misses time.
Wed, Dec 17, 2014 05:08:00 PM

Kyle Rudolph admits he's still not 100 percent healthy after undergoing sports-hernia surgery in September.

He missed two months of action. Rudolph has played the past five games and set season-bests in catches (7) and yards (69) last week against the Lions. Neither he nor the coaching staff expect him to be back to full health until training camp next summer. Rudolph's four-year career has been derailed by injuries.
Wed, Dec 17, 2014 09:54:00 AM

Kyle Rudolph caught seven balls for 69 yards in the Vikings' Week 15 loss to the Lions.

He secured all seven of his targets. This was easily Rudolph's best game since returning from sports hernia surgery. He'll be a lower-end streamer option in Week 16 against a Dolphins defense that is normally very stingy in tight end coverage.
Sun, Dec 14, 2014 07:18:00 PM

Vikings OC Norv Turner admits TE Kyle Rudolph (groin) still isn't 100 percent.

Norval doesn't expect Rudolph to be back to full health until next season. Rudolph missed Weeks 4-10 after undergoing sports-hernia surgery, and has just seven catches in four games since returning. The No. 43 overall pick of the 2011 draft, Rudolph's career has thus far been an injury-prone disappointment.
Thu, Dec 11, 2014 02:01:00 PM

Kyle Rudolph was held to two catches for nine yards.

He was targeted just two times. Rudolph wasn't a factor in the pass game, and didn't get any red-zone looks. He'll remain a touchdown-dependent TE1 streamer in Week 15.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 05:30:00 PM

Kyle Rudolph caught two passes for seven yards and one touchdown in the Vikings' Week 13 win over the Panthers.

Rudolph was targeted just three times. He was left wide open in the back of the end zone on his first-quarter four-yard touchdown on a Teddy Bridgewater rollout. Rudolph will be worth a look as a TE1 streamer against the Jets in Week 14. The Jets have allowed the most touchdowns to tight ends.
Sun, Nov 30, 2014 05:48:00 PM