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Kyle Rudolph misses practice with rib, clavicle injuries

ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 29:  Kyle Rudolph #82 of the Minnesota Vikings runs after a reception during the first half against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on November 29, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) Getty Images

Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph sat out Wednesday’s practice with what the team listed as clavicle and rib injuries.

Rudolph declined to discuss his injuries with reporters on Wednesday.

The Vikings may need to pursue outside options at tight end ahead of Sunday’s game vs. the Texans. Tight ends Rhett Ellison and David Morgan also sat out Wednesday with knee injuries, and the team signed tight end Brian Leonhardt to the practice squad.

Rudolph has caught a touchdown pass in each of the last three games and has quickly become a favorite target of new Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford.

Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs (groin) and offensive lineman Andre Smith (triceps) also sat out Wednesday.

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24 Responses to “Kyle Rudolph misses practice with rib, clavicle injuries”
  1. codiablo says: Oct 5, 2016 6:54 PM

    Wow, who knew it would take this long for glass joe to break down.

  2. zerotrophiessince1961 says: Oct 5, 2016 7:06 PM

    Yep. No depth on offense. EXACTLY what everyone outside team purple has been saying for weeks/months. With that OL, I’d not be shocked if it was Glass Joe Bradford next

  3. vikingjack73 says: Oct 5, 2016 7:18 PM

    Rudolph won’t miss the game
    Diggs won’t miss the game

    Book it!

    They will push through their minor injuries & then have their bye
    week. Sorry all you “Chicken Little” Vikings doubters, but the sky is NOT falling!

  4. mnvikes1961 says: Oct 5, 2016 7:35 PM

    These are desperate times for the GB trolls and they know injuries are the ONLY chance they’ll have. How’s that working for ya so far?

    Bradford was not touched Monday Night. Rudolph won’t miss the game- and even if he does- Bradford will just spread the ball around- plenty of other players to catch the ball.

  5. lindacaseauthor says: Oct 5, 2016 7:45 PM

    He also missed practice because his twin daughters were born today.

  6. shaggytoodle says: Oct 5, 2016 7:46 PM

    Vikings beat whom they were scheduled, I won’t hold it against them. I just need to see more of the offense, the D is legit. I can’t trust Bradford for a whole season, with health or gameplay.

  7. beer4guy says: Oct 5, 2016 7:51 PM

    Ah, now it makes sense why they brought back Leonhardt and dumped Roberson. I still like Roberson long term though. No doubt he’s very raw, but not as raw as Boehringer. After all, the Viking’s highest paid WR hasn’t even been active for more than a game this year, so it’s not exactly like their thin at WR. Moritz must be showing them something in practice???

  8. lindacaseauthor says: Oct 5, 2016 8:07 PM

    shaggytoodle says:
    Oct 5, 2016 7:46 PM
    Vikings beat whom they were scheduled, I won’t hold it against them. I just need to see more of the offense, the D is legit. I can’t trust Bradford for a whole season, with health or gameplay.
    ————————-
    “Vikings beat whom they were scheduled, I won’t hold that against them”. What does that mean exactly? Are you insinuating we’ve played easy teams to win? You Cheeseheads just make up ur own realities, don’t you, when ur sorry team beat two 1-3 teams by a combination 11 pts. But hey, I won’t hold that against you either as neither ur O or D is legit as I just need to see more–I need to see them decisively beat an elite team which they haven’t done yet.

  9. 250dollarnflowner says: Oct 5, 2016 9:01 PM

    Don’t worry packer fans…He’s fine. He’s been at the hospital for the birth of his twins since monday. I think he’s just getting a little veteran R&R time.

  10. shaggytoodle says: Oct 5, 2016 9:47 PM

    Yes I feel that the Titans was a game expected them to win, the Giants are have beem inconsistent for the last few seasons, and itd becoming more evodent the Panthers are having a SB hangover…. The Packers win was GREAT. Titles aren’t won in September only lost, and Viking fans know ALL about great starts there team has had several of them the last 35 years.

  11. hairbyannifayejones says: Oct 5, 2016 10:19 PM

    The funny thing is, the Vikes have arguably lost their two most important offensive pieces already this year and are still figuring out ways to win. There really is not anyone of the offense (besides Bradford) that is overly irreplaceable at the moment. Even without Rudy, I am fairly confident with the Vikes moving forward. When will people just accept that the offense can be pieced together, because the defense is the group winning the vikings their games.

  12. taintedsaints2009 says: Oct 5, 2016 10:47 PM

    Rhett elision is actually a great tight end who would fill in very nicely. We have jarius wright and lawquon Treadwell to come in if digs can’t go. Charles Johnson, Patterson, and thielen are all looking dependable to be consistent targets. I’d say the Vikings will be just fine if diggs and Rudolph see limited playing time this week. Depth is the strongest asset this team has. We lost our starting left tackle and we actually look better! Our franchise running back and nfl legend is out all we did was adjust to a two back style that hasn’t skipped a beat. And Bradford is building a resume to become our new franchise quarterback.

    Sorry packer fans but it seems the Vikings have stolen your roster building playbook that quite honestly works pretty damn well.

  13. shaggytoodle says: Oct 5, 2016 11:41 PM

    lindacaseauthor says:
    Oct 5, 2016 8:07 PM
    shaggytoodle says:
    Oct 5, 2016 7:46 PM
    But hey, I won’t hold that against you either as neither ur O or D is legit as I just need to see more–I need to see them decisively beat an elite team which they haven’t done yet
    ________________

    No one, has beat an Elite team this season because we are FOUR weeks into the season, Are you going to tell me that the Eagles, are elite since they haven’t loss, or the list of the Rams, Falcons, Raiders and Cowboys are all great teams cuz they are 3-1 ?

    Cuz at least one of those NFC teams probably won’t make the post-season.

  14. Great Caesar's Ghost says: Oct 5, 2016 11:44 PM

    250dollarnflowner says:
    Oct 5, 2016 9:01 PM
    Don’t worry packer fans…He’s fine.
    ____

    The Vikings don’t play the Packers this week. They play Houston. You seem a little obsessed.

  15. coltluger says: Oct 6, 2016 12:34 AM

    Packer fans sure are nervous.

  16. gaetz23 says: Oct 6, 2016 7:52 AM

    zerotrophiessince1961 says:
    Oct 5, 2016 7:06 PM

    Yep. No depth on offense. EXACTLY what everyone outside team purple has been saying for weeks/months. With that OL, I’d not be shocked if it was Glass Joe Bradford next
    ———————————————
    Awesome. I don’t know how many teams put a priority on going 4 deep at TE, but apparently the Vikings should have known better. I think they’re doing well depth wise considering they’ve lost their starting QB, LT and RB…plus Mike Harris who would have fit in there somewhere along the line. Other teams offences, however, lose their top WR and enable their starting RB to eat himself out of playing shape and then fall to depths not seen since Mike Tomczak was their leading passer.

  17. gtodriver says: Oct 6, 2016 7:53 AM

    shaggytoodle says:

    I can’t trust Bradford for a whole season, with health or gameplay.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Do you trust Aaron Rodgers? Because Sam has outplayed Rodgers in this season.

    Both QB’s have played 3 games.

    One has been in the same basic offensive system his entire career. The other has been in his current system for a month.

    Here are the numbers:

    Total Yards – Bradford 719 – Rodgers 617
    Yards per Attempt – Bradford 7.6 – Rodgers 6.6
    Completion % – Bradford 69.5% – Rodgers 58.5%
    Passes of more than 40 yards – Bradford 3 – Rodgers 1
    QB rating – Bradford 105.5 – Rodgers 98.6

    And it’s not just this season – Bradford – while playing for a mediocre Philly team last year outperformed Rodgers for most of last season.

    Since the bye week last year for both QB’s – Bradford has been solid – having only one game with a QB rating lower than 90. Bradford has had 5 games with QB ratings over 100 since the bye last year.

    Contrast that to Rodgers, who has had 8 games with a QB rating of lower than 90 since the bye week last year. Rodgers finally broke a 100 in the QB rating against the lions for the first time since the bye last year.

    You might want to be more concerned about the play of your own QB than the Vikings QB.

  18. fmc651 says: Oct 6, 2016 11:00 AM

    zerotrophiessince1961 says:
    Oct 5, 2016 7:06 PM
    Yep. No depth on offense. EXACTLY what everyone outside team purple has been saying for weeks/months.
    )))))))))))))))))
    More like wishful thinking. You hope they don’t have enough depth so maybe you can win next time.

  19. brewdogg says: Oct 6, 2016 12:02 PM

    The difference between Bradford and Rodgers is that teams gameplan to contain Rodgers and the passing game. The last time opposing Ds respected a Packer RB was, what, Dorsey Levens? That comparison is like saying Lacy is better than Peterson based on raw numbers. It’s a joke no one takes seriously.

    That being said, we have seen the slow decline of Rodgers for a couple years now. It happens. The guy is in his 11th season. He can’t carry the team like he used to. They need Lacy to start commanding respect and the D to play better. And they need to atop believing that the passing game will always be able to bail them out. They are thin at WR, with a 30 year old with bad knees and a glorified slot reciever being their only viable weapons. TT built his reputatuon on a string of excellent drafts a decade ago, and has supplemented that with a few scattered good picks, but years of overall bad drafts are coming back to haunt the Packers now. Time for a rebuild. There is trade value amongst the veterans. Given the lack of young talent, the best plan might be an offseason fire aale. If all the owners will agree to it…..

  20. shaggytoodle says: Oct 6, 2016 12:02 PM

    Yes I trust a 2 time MVP, Superbowl Champion, and SB MVP. That has started seasons slow more than once in his career, vs. someone who had 2 or 3 good seasons in his career.

  21. gaetz23 says: Oct 6, 2016 12:39 PM

    shaggytoodle says:
    Oct 6, 2016 12:02 PM

    Yes I trust a 2 time MVP, Superbowl Champion, and SB MVP. That has started seasons slow more than once in his career, vs. someone who had 2 or 3 good seasons in his career.
    ————————————–

    That’s exactly Steve Young’s resume, yet teams aren’t rushing out to sign him because he isn’t that guy anymore. It’s not just A-Rod’s slow start this year…he was a shadow of the guy you were talking about for the final 3/4 of the year. Having Jordy and a fit Lacy back, plus the Jared Cook signing was supposed to fix everything and yet the Pack are 29th in offense, worse than last year. They’ve got a string of cupcake defenses coming up, only Chicago is in the top 10, so that should improve slightly, but don’t let your heart lie to your eyes.

  22. In Teddy We Trust says: Oct 6, 2016 12:50 PM

    I think somebody just misread the injury report. Rudolph named his twins Rib and Clavicle, and that’s why he missed practice.

  23. shaggytoodle says: Oct 6, 2016 2:01 PM

    When was Bradford EVER the man, in college, even if he does end up being the man THIS year, it will still take more than 4 weeks to prove it Who would you rather have, in the under center, Aaron Rodgers, or Sam Bradford?

    This is coming from the same fan base that said the exact same thing about how Favre was washed up for years, who then unretired a tenth time and took their favorite team to an NFC title game. In another season where they started great and still have nothing other than a division title T-shirt and hat to show for it.

  24. gtodriver says: Oct 7, 2016 7:29 AM

    shaggytoodle says:

    When was Bradford EVER the man, in college, even if he does end up being the man THIS year, it will still take more than 4 weeks to prove it…
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    shaggy

    It’s more than 4 weeks. It’s nearly a year that Sam has been a better QB than Rodgers.

    Since the bye week of last season – Rodgers has been mediocre at best.

    Sam has performed at a much higher level.

    The facts:

    Games with a QB rating over 100 – Bradford 5 – Rodgers 1.

    Games with a QB rating below 90 – Bradford 1 – Rodgers 8.

    Interceptions – Bradford 4 – Rodgers 8

    Games with YPA less than 6.5 – Bradford 2 – Rodgers 9

    Games with less than 220 yards passing – Bradford 1 – Rodgers 9

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