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Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph needs sports hernia surgery and is expected to miss about 6 weeks, according to NFL Network's Albert Breer.  Note that the timetable for this type of injury widely varies.  It's a big blow to a Vikings team short on pass catchers and TE depth.  Rhett Ellison is next up on the depth chart.  The 2012 4th-round pick goes 6'5, 250 pounds and is a mediocre athlete.  He has just 14 catches in 3 seasons.  Ellison will be worth monitoring, but we wouldn't bother adding him to your fantasy roster.  Rudolph is droppable in leagues of 10 or fewer teams.

Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph suffered a groin injury in the 2nd half of Sunday's game against the Saints.  He was shown standing on the sidelines without his helmet, so his day is likely over.

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Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (abdomen) is active for today’s game against the Saints. He should be busy as Minnesota tries to keep pace with Drew Brees and Co.

Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (abdomen) was limited in practice all week but is listed as probable for Sunday’s game against the Saints. He's a low-end TE1 in a game that figures to see Minnesota playing from behind.

Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph led all 1st-half receivers in Saturday night's 2nd preseason game with 4 catches for 89 yards.  That included a 51-yard catch-and-run TD from QB Matt Cassel.  Rudolph's 5 targets tied for the team high, and his 89 yards led all receivers on both teams.  Rudolph should be in for good value this season in OC Norv Turner's TE-friendly system.  And the strong performances by both Minnesota QBs Saturday night only help his chances of sustaining that value, regardless of who's under center.  Rudolph's just another reason why you can afford to pass on the early TE options in your fantasy football draft.

The Vikings signed TE Kyle Rudolph to a 5-year, $36.5 million extension.  He was set to become a free agent this coming offseason but is now locked in with Minnesota through 2019.  We'll take this as a sign that OC Norv Turner believes Rudolph is the right guy for his TE-friendly offense.  Still just 24, Rudolph is a good bet for career highs across the board this season.

Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph has dropped 15 pounds this offseason.  He's planning to play the 2014 campaign at 260 pounds after being at 275 last year.  It's part of his preparation to catch more and block less in OC Norv Turner's TE-friendly offense.  A lighter Rudolph should be able to improve upon his career 9.7 yards per catch.  "I feel like I run a lot smoother than I did at 275," he said.  Rudolph has also spent time this offseason working on his route running and change of direction with WR Larry Fitzgerald.  Rudolph has plenty of breakout appeal this season.  He's a great value at his current 9th-round ADP.

The Vikings have hired Norv Turner as their new OC.  He'll run the offense under defensive-minded HC Mike Zimmer.  Turner has had mixed results as a HC but is highly-regarded as a play-caller.  He helped Browns WR Josh Gordon and TE Jordan Cameron to breakout seasons this past year.  Turner favors a run-first attack and a vertical passing game.  He also likes to get his TEs involved in the aerial attack.  His arrival is good news for RB Adrian Peterson, WR Cordarrelle Patterson and TE Kyle Rudolph.  Of course, Minnesota still needs to find an answer at TE.

The Vikings have placed TE Kyle Rudolph on IR, ending his 2013 season.  He suffered a broken foot back in Week 9.  Minnesota was hoping to get Rudolph back for the final few games, but he hadn't even gotten back on the practice field yet.  It's unclear if Rudolph suffered some sort of setback in his rehab.  Either way, he should be ready for the team's offseason program.  Rudolph finishes 2013 with 30 catches, 313 yards and 3 scores in 8 games.  He was on pace for career highs in catches and yards.  There's plenty of talent here, but Rudolph will need improved QB play in 2014 if he wants to re-emerge as an every-week fantasy starter.

Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (foot) is out for Sunday’s game against the Ravens.  There was some belief he’d be back for this one, but Rudolph didn’t even get on the practice field this week.  TE John Carlson gets another start but is a low-upside fantasy option.

Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (foot) was unable to get back on the practice field Wednesday.  He was believed to be targeting a Week 14 return, but that doesn't seem likely now.  Look for TE John Carlson to get another start against the Ravens this weekend.  He's averaged 4.8 catches and 66 yards in 4 games since Rudolph went down.

Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reports that Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph will miss 4-6 weeks with a broken foot suffered in Sunday's loss to the Cowboys.  Glazer adds that it's not a Lisfranc injury.  Still, even the short end of that timetable knocks Rudolph out through Week 13.  He'd be tough to trust in the fantasy playoffs after that, especially with games against the Ravens, Eagles and Bengals.  Rudolph can be dropped in most fantasy leagues.  John Carlson figures to step in as Minnesota's primary pass-catching TE but isn't worth an add.  Rudolph was averaging just 3.8 catches and 39 yards per game.

Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph was in a walking boot after Sunday's loss to the Cowboys.  He didn't return to the game after having his left foot rolled up underneath him in the 3rd quarter.  X-rays came back negative, but a sprain could cost him multiple weeks.  Check back tomorrow for an update.

Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph suffered a left foot injury on an impressive TD catch-and-run in the 3rd quarter of Sunday’s game.  The foot got rolled up under him, and trainers appeared to be working on his big toe.  Rudolph was hobbling around on the sidelines and is considered questionable to return.

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As expected, Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (shoulder) is active for today's game against the Packers.  He practiced on Thursday and Friday, so the shoulder shouldn't be an issue.  Rudolph is a low-end TE1 for fantasy squads today.

Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph put in a full practice on Friday and is probable for this weekend's game against the Packers. He suffered a concussion and a sprained shoulder last week, but neither will be an issue on Sunday. With TDs in 2 straight outings, Rudolph is a viable fantasy starter.

Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (shoulder) returned to a full practice on Thursday.  He's good to go for this weekend's game against the Packers.  Consider Rudolph a low-end TE1 option for that one.

Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph has been cleared from last week's concussion.  But he sat out Wednesday's practice with a shoulder injury.  No word yet on the severity, but Rudolph should be considered questionable for this weekend's game against the Packers.  Check back tomorrow for another update.

Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph has been medically cleared from last week's concussion.  Barring a setback, he'll play against the Packers on Sunday.  With 12 catches, 119 yards, and 2 scores over his past 2 games, Rudolph is once again a solid starting option for fantasy squads.

Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph left in the 2nd half of Sunday's game and is being evaluated for a concussion.  We'll pass along an update when we get one.

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