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Kyle Rudolph returns to practice; Stefon Diggs and Andre Smith don’t

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 3: Kyle Rudolph #82 of the Minnesota Vikings scores a touchdown in the second quarter of the game against the New York Giants on October 3, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images) Getty Images

As the Vikings prepare to attempt to extend their unlikely 4-0 start to five wins and no losses, one key member of the offense has returned to practice. Two others haven’t.

Tight end Kyle Rudolph, who didn’t practice on Wednesday with a rib injury, practiced on a limited basis on Thursday. Receiver Stefon Diggs (groin) and right tackle Andre Smith (elbow) did not practice.

Also not practicing were defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd (knee), tight end Rhett Ellison (knee), and tight end David Morgan (knee).

Linebacker Anthony Barr (wrist) and cornerback Xavier Rhodes (knee) fully participate in practice ans one of the best defenses in the NFL prepares to try to slow down a Texans offense led by quarterback Brock Osweiler and featuring receivers DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller V.

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14 Responses to “Kyle Rudolph returns to practice; Stefon Diggs and Andre Smith don’t”
  1. dizzybruhbruh33 says: Oct 6, 2016 4:34 PM

    Red zone offense is more efficient with Rudolph. Chemistry between Bradford and him seems to increase week to week with the trust of the lob pass vs. Carolina and the crossing route vs. NY. He’s arguably one of the most important pieces to the offense as Bradford has spread the ball around pretty well with the other wide outs.

    #Skol

  2. drex1976 says: Oct 6, 2016 4:35 PM

    Texans win if they limit turnovers. the vikings offense will not outscore them. better talent overall. and regression to the mean.

  3. buds4grant says: Oct 6, 2016 4:35 PM

    In the NFL rib injury = his wife gave birth to twins. Must’ve been contemplating college costs 18 years from now?

  4. buds4grant says: Oct 6, 2016 4:36 PM

    Congrats btw. Once a parent, always a parent.

  5. In Teddy We Trust says: Oct 6, 2016 5:50 PM

    Diggs seems to have a bothersome groin that’s limiting his practice time but not keeping him out of games. The bye week is coming at a good time for him.

  6. skol4life says: Oct 6, 2016 5:56 PM

    Gronk of the NFC. To big to cover in the red zone. Bradford has never had a target like Rudy and the chemistry is coming quickly.

  7. buds4grant says: Oct 6, 2016 6:02 PM

    Regression from Texas…..irony.

  8. greenbaylibrarybreathalyzer says: Oct 6, 2016 6:30 PM

    Most of the time, NFL coaches don’t make that much of a difference in the pro game. Players dictate your success…with some exceptions. Belichick makes a difference..winning without Brady? Wow. But we might have the next hall of fame coach right here in coach Zimmer…. Losing your 2 best offensive players and starting left tackle?? 4-0..and more to come. Unreal.

  9. lambeaudungbarn says: Oct 6, 2016 8:01 PM

    Sure is funny without the usual 6 or 7 Packer Trolls smutting up most of the first 10 posts. Mr McNasty has to be throwing 4 yr old fits and tearing his hair out right now. lol…
    This team is finally playing up to their talent level!

  10. mnvikes1961 says: Oct 6, 2016 8:59 PM

    Hopefully Charlie Johnson has another good game- it was great seeing him step up- we’ve all seen him do it prior to his broken rib.

    Cordarrelle Patterson is getting more action which is nice- hopefully he breaks some big ones on Sunday. Awesome as a gunner too!

    Looking forward to Treadwell’s official debut (whenever that will be).

  11. ragnarthemagnificent says: Oct 6, 2016 9:32 PM

    We’re going to know who Osweilers backup is by the end of the weekend. I just hope there are no fatalities. Purple Reign.

  12. bak2bak2bakhaters says: Oct 7, 2016 12:46 AM

    15 day’s we can show how salty we are,it’s an invite of sort’s featuring the main course of bert,sunny side up? No flip him….16 day’s we feast 6&0 BC-WW.

  13. dayglo80 says: Oct 7, 2016 8:57 AM

    Most of the time, NFL coaches don’t make that much of a difference in the pro game. Players dictate your success…with some exceptions. Belichick makes a difference..winning without Brady? Wow. But we might have the next hall of fame coach right here in coach Zimmer…. Losing your 2 best offensive players and starting left tackle?? 4-0..and more to come. Unreal.
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    After your first you start to make sense, but before that…. Really? NFL Coaches don’t make that much of a difference? Come on man!!!! Have you watched the Vikings the past 15 or so years?

    After Denny Green we were the laughing stock of league with Tice letting players do whatever they want.

    Tice’s era gave us the love boat, whizzinator, parking garage hookers, Smallest WR’s in league history carrying gats and plenty of other head scratchers.

    Childress was Ned Flanders of the NFL. His run, run, pass playbook brought with it an every game mockery in the stands of people dressing up like him with fake playbooks showing run run pass. He wasn’t very good other than one Brett Farve 2009 campaign.

    Then good ole’ Les Frazier. Love the guy I really do, but he was over matched as an NFL head coach. His schemes were not good. He lived in th past with a cover 2 de and a very conventional offense.

    Zimmer AKA Zim Reaper which by the way I am starting to love as a nickname has shown what a NFL coach is. He is a Bill Parcells prodigy as was Bill Belicheck. Zimmer domands respect and effort each and every day from his team. He is a players best friend as he will coach the heck out of you and will correct your mistakes as well as point them out, but he is always the first one to give them praise. An NFL head coach cannot flinch in the spotlight of adversity, they must lead and the great NFL coaches are leaders not followers. And Zim is a leader!!!! Skol Vikes!!!! lets go get Houston

  14. vikesfansteve says: Oct 7, 2016 3:31 PM

    Time to find out if Treadwell will step up or get stepped on

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