Kyle Rudolph has full practice as Vikings return to health

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Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph has deemed his sprained right ankle “a lot better” after a week off.

Rudolph said he limped through the final three games after injuring his ankle in a December 10 game against Carolina, admitting he was “pretty limited.” He wore a walking boot after the December 31 game against the Bears.

But the week off helped Rudolph, who had a full practice Wednesday and expects to be full go — or close to it — this weekend.

“I don’t think you can say anyone is 100 percent in the middle of January but I definitely feel a lot better after that time off,’’ Rudolph said, via Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press. “We’ve run around a little bit, and it feels a lot better than I did the last three weeks when I was out there trying to get through.”

The Vikings held their first full practice since January 3, and all 53 players practiced. Nose tackle Shamar Stephen (ankle) and cornerback Terence Newman (foot) were the only players who were limited.

Fullback C.J. Ham (neck), safety Anthony Harris (knee), cornerback Xavier Rhodes (foot) and center Pat Elflein (shoulder) were full participants.

11 responses to “Kyle Rudolph has full practice as Vikings return to health

  1. Everything is setting up for the Vikings this year – Rodgers and Wentz out, Falcons not playing up to par, etc. So if they win it, congrats to the players and their REAL fans. Even the Cubs had their day.
    But as long as we have to keep reading inane comments by certain Viking “fans” on every other team’s blog, I will be rooting against them.

  2. Good to see Rudy is good to go. I’m more excited that Elflein is fully practicing. He’s as big a reason as anyone that turned this offense around. Hugely underrated draft steal in the national media.

  3. Agree on the Elflein praise. Vikings were way due to have on o-line pick work out – not that they’ve spent muck draft capital on those positions.

  4. i’ve been waiting since january of 1977 for another super bowl appearance. i would die a happy man if they could just win one!! i know, there are way more important things in life. my kids, my cat, my friends, even my ex wife. but this would be icing on the cake. i’m 57 now, cant wait another 40 years. i did get an extended warranty through my doctor though. i’m good till 85 he said.

  5. Should be a good game. I’m not going to say the Vikes will win, but they have as good a chance in the playoffs as they have had since 2009. I think the 2017 team is better than the 2009 team was. Not as much offensive talent, but better coached and a MUCH better defense.

  6. codylaws says:
    January 10, 2018 at 8:43 pm

    Vikings higher offense vs Saints lower defense, and Saints lower offense vs Vikings #1 defense. Who wins? Vikings win.
    ))))))))))))))))))))
    Well no need to play the game then unfortunately it doesn’t work that way. I understand the confidence in your 13-3 team they had a good year. But this will be a good game with no guarantees as far as the outcome. The Saints have some weapons and a HOF QB, that Vikings fans are constantly being reminded of. Skol

  7. fmc651 says:

    January 10, 2018 at 8:55 pm

    codylaws says:
    January 10, 2018 at 8:43 pm

    Vikings higher offense vs Saints lower defense, and Saints lower offense vs Vikings #1 defense. Who wins? Vikings win.
    ))))))))))))))))))))
    Well no need to play the game then unfortunately it doesn’t work that way. I understand the confidence in your 13-3 team they had a good year. But this will be a good game with no guarantees as far as the outcome. The Saints have some weapons and a HOF QB, that Vikings fans are constantly being reminded of. Skol

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    I agree. The numbers and metrics support a Vikings victory which is why Vegas like them. But Brees is great so we need to respect them and except a brawl.

    Although Brees is 1-6 on the road in the playoffs. Those aren’t very good numbers.

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