For the second straight season, Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph is going to miss significant time with an injury.
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Rudolph suffered an injured groin in the second half of Sunday’s loss to the Saints, and after undergoing an MRI he will reportedly need surgery and be out at least six weeks.
The tight end also missed a big chunk of 2013 with a fractured bone in his foot.
The Vikings had John Carlson to take Rudolph’s place last year, and Carlson did a good job before himself going down with an injury. Carlson was allowed to walk this offseason and signed with the Arizona Cardinals.
The Vikings certainly would prefer to have Rudolph out there to help Teddy Bridgewater as he begins his tenure as starting quarterback.
Rudolph signed a contract extension before the season and was seemingly poised to become one of the top receiving tight ends in the league. Through three games, the former Notre Dame star had 10 catches for 96 yards and 1 TD. And several big drops.
Good luck Teddy Bridgewater. You’re going to need it.