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Kyle Rudolph | Tight End

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (24) / 11/9/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 259
College: Notre Dame
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Kyle Rudolph (sports hernia surgery) has been ruled out for Week 7.
The Vikings believe Rudolph can beat his initial 6-8 week timetable, but he's clearly not ready yet. He underwent the sports hernia operation in the third week of September. Rudolph's return date remains unclear. Chase Ford has been filling in as Minnesota's primary pass-catching tight end. Oct 17 - 1:57 PM

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The Vikings expect Kyle Rudolph (sports-hernia operation) to beat his eight-week timetable.

That's why he's been held off injured reserve/designated to return. Rudolph also admitted the injury had been bothering him since early August. It's good news that the Vikes are optimistic about his status, but at the bare minimum, we'd still expect Rudolph to miss another month of action. He shouldn't be expected back before Week 11. The Vikings are on bye in Week 10.
Sep 29 - 1:39 PM

NFL.com's Albert Breer reports Kyle Rudolph (groin) needs surgery, and will be sidelined "about" six weeks.

He's undergoing a sports-hernia operation. It's a brutal blow for the Vikings' Adrian Peterson-less offense, and removes a big target for rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Rudolph has looked sluggish this season, and likely hasn't been at 100 percent all year. Considering the current league-wide depth at tight end, Rudolph can be dropped in 12-14 team re-draft leagues. The Vikes will roll with a combination of Rhett Ellison and MarQueis Gray.
Sep 22 - 1:59 PM

Kyle Rudolph will have an MRI on his groin Monday.

Note that Rudolph was limited in practice this week due to an abdominal injury. It's unclear if the injury he suffered against the Saints is an aggravation. Rudolph did not look good before leaving, catching three passes for 27 yards on five targets.
Sep 21 - 5:57 PM

Kyle Rudolph was forced from Minnesota's Week 3 game against the Packers with a groin injury, and is questionable to return.

Rudolph was dejected on the sideline, and appears done for the day. Rudolph looked sluggish before going down, catching 3-of-5 targets for 27 yards. The Vikes are now left with Rhett Ellison and MarQueis Gray at tight end. It's possible Rudolph's injury is related to the "abdomen" issue that limited him in practice this week.
Sep 21 - 3:33 PM

Kyle Rudolph (abdomen) is listed as probable for Sunday's Week 3 game at New Orleans.

Rudolph was a limited participant in practice each day this week, but will be a full go for Sunday. He's run 42 routes from the slot so far this season, more than any other tight end in the NFL. Rudolph is our No. 6 tight end this week.
Sep 19 - 9:39 PM

Kyle Rudolph (abdomen) remained limited in Thursday's practice.

It would be nice to see Rudolph graduate to "full" on Friday, but his Week 3 status isn't in doubt. He's a mid-range TE1.
Sep 18 - 6:36 PM

Kyle Rudolph (abdomen) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

Rudolph should be fine for Week 3. He has seven catches for 69 yards and a touchdown through two games.
Sep 17 - 6:28 PM

Kyle Rudolph caught five-of-eight targets for 53 yards against the Patriots Week 2.

Rudolph had two catches for 26 yards on the Vikings' first drive of the game, but slowed down as Matt Cassel and the Minnesota offense imploded. Rudolph has looked good this season, but will struggle to find consistency with Cassel as his quarterback. He will continue to be a back-end TE1 with touchdown upside.
Sep 14 - 5:14 PM

Kyle Rudolph caught two passes for 16 yards and one touchdown in the Vikings' Week 1 win over the Rams.

Rudolph was targeted four times on the day, and was mostly an afterthought behind Greg Jennings and Cordarrelle Patterson. It won't stay that way. The Rams were one of the stingiest teams against tight ends last season. They held Rudolph in check before he beat Rodney McLeod for a seven-yard score in the fourth quarter. Rudolph will be a back-end TE1 next week vs. the Pats.
Sep 7 - 5:40 PM

Kyle Rudolph caught 2-of-3 targets for 38 yards in the Vikings' third preseason game Saturday night against Kansas City.

He's up to seven grabs for 149 yards and a touchdown through three exhibition games. Rudolph will be a focal point of OC Norv Turner's offense, regardless of whether it's Matt Cassel or Teddy Bridgewater under center. We don't have any problem with owners drafting Rudolph at or a bit before his eighth-round ADP.
Aug 23 - 11:30 PM

Kyle Rudolph caught 4-of-5 targets for 89 yards and a touchdown in the Vikings' second preseason game Saturday night.

His highlight-reel play was a 51-yard touchdown sprint delivered by Matt Cassel. As noted by NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah, Rudolph is showing an extra gear this year after shedding weight in the offseason. Ladarius Green, Zach Ertz, and Travis Kelce are all generating a ton of fantasy buzz, but Rudolph is just as likely a breakout candidate as any of them under TE-friendly Norv Turner. Rudolph, in fact, is a month younger than Kelce. The Notre Dame alum remains a value pick at his late-eighth-round Average Draft Position.
Aug 16 - 10:25 PM

Kyle Rudolph had one catch for 22 yards in Friday night's preseason opener against the Raiders.

Rudolph came up just short of the end-zone on his lone reception, setting up a Matt Asiata one-yard touchdown. He remains a prime breakout candidate in OC Norv Turner's tight-end friendly scheme. Rudolph is currently getting drafted in the late-eighth round of fantasy drafts.
Aug 8 - 9:54 PM

Vikings signed TE Kyle Rudolph to a five-year, $36.5 million extension through 2019.

Tight end guru Norv Turner is signing off on Rudolph, who should be Teddy Bridgewater's safety valve for years to come. Rudolph missed half of last season with a fractured foot, but is 100 percent now and dropped 15 pounds in the offseason with an eye on a high-volume role in an offense that has produced career years out of Jay Novacek, Randy McMichael, Jordan Cameron, and Antonio Gates. Still only 24 years old, Rudolph has 15 touchdowns over his last 30 games. He's a mid-range to lower-end TE1 in Dynasty leagues, albeit with upside for more. We see Rudolph as a value pick at his late-eighth-round ADP in re-draft leagues. He's a candidate to lead Minnesota in catches and TDs.
Jul 27 - 10:20 PM

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune said "all the signs point" to Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph breaking out this season.

Rudolph has been diligent in his recovery from the broken foot that sidelined him for the final eight games last season, reportedly dropping 15 pounds and working on his technique in order to be quicker out of his breaks. He should also get a big bump from the arrival of OC Norv Turner, who helped Jordan Cameron break out last season. Rudolph is a bargain at his current ninth-round ADP.
Jul 19 - 10:06 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Teddy Bridgewater
2Christian Ponder
RB1Jerick McKinnon
2Matt Asiata
3Joe Banyard
4Adrian Peterson
GLB1Matt Asiata
2Jerick McKinnon
3RB1Jerick McKinnon
2Matt Asiata
FB1Jerome Felton
2Zach Line
WR11Greg Jennings
2Jarius Wright
WR21Cordarrelle Patterson
2Adam Thielen
3Charles Johnson
WR31Jarius Wright
TE1Chase Ford
2Rhett Ellison
3MarQueis Gray
4Kyle Rudolph
K1Blair Walsh