Rudolph caught a pass from Christian Ponder in the third quarter and barreled through a Dallas defender before eventually pushing his way into the end zone and scoring. He apparently injured himself on the play.
The tight end entered the game with 28 catches for 278 yards and has two catches for 35 yards on Sunday against Dallas. He led the team last season with nine touchdowns.
The Vikings backup tight end is veteran John Carlson, an alumni of Notre Dame like Rudolph. Carlson has two catches for five yards on Sunday and seven catches for 38 yards on the season. Carlson has suffered a number of significant injuries in his career and has just 15 catches dating back to 2011 when he missed the whole year.