Kyle Rudolph placed on Vikings' injured reserve list

Wesley Hitt

Rudolph broke a bone in his foot in early November and will not return in the last three weeks of the season.

A broken bone in the foot of Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph has proven season-ending, as the team placed the third-year player on injured reserve Monday, according to Adam Caplan of Sirius XM Radio.

Rudolph, 24, suffered the injury on a 31-yard touchdown grab against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 9 and did not return to the game. It was later reported by Jay Glazer of FOX Sports that Rudolph suffered a broken bone in his foot, although his recovery was estimated at 4-6 weeks.

In Rudolph's absence the team has gone 2-2-1, but now sits at 3-9-1 following a loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. With playoff hopes now firmly out of reach, Rudolph's long-term health and availability in 2014 are likely a higher priority to the team than his contributions in the final three weeks of the season.

A second round selection in the 2011 NFL Draft, Rudolph has tallied 15 career touchdowns and had 30 receptions for 313 yards and three touchdowns in the first eight games of the season before suffering the injury.

More from SB Nation NFL

Debrief: Seeing clearly through the snow

Rob Gronkowski reportedly tears ACL, MCL

Takeaways: Snow, blowouts and surprises dominate Week 14

Adrian Peterson expects to return this season | Hit by snowballs

PFT Commenter: Kirk Cousins' elite wedding registry

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.


You must be a member of to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at You should read them.


You must be a member of to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.