Despite not practicing all week due to an ankle injury, the Minnesota Vikings tight end’s status for Week 15 was upgraded from doubtful to questionable on Saturday.
Following their battle with the Carolina Panthers last Sunday, the injury report for the Minnesota Vikings this week closely resembled a menu from The Cheesecake Factory as it featured a total of 14 players from from the team’s roster.
Among those 14 players was Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph, who injured his ankle during the team’s matchup with the Panthers last week. Rudolph did not practice for Minnesota at all this week and was listed as doubtful for the team’s Week 15 game against the Cincinnati Bengals when the Vikings final injury report was released on Friday.
However, on Saturday it was revealed that Minnesota had upgraded their tight end’s status from doubtful to questionable.
It at least seems like Rudolph now has an actual chance to suit up for the Vikings in Week 15. Him playing, on the other hand, is another story.
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Based on the fact that he did not practice at all this week, Rudolph being active on Sunday seems like it would only be due to Minnesota’s tight end depth not being the greatest at this moment.
Earlier this week, the Vikings placed tight end Blake Bell on injured reserve and replaced his spot on the roster by signing Kyle Carter from the practice squad. Minnesota tight end David Morgan will also be playing his first game on Sunday since suffering a concussion against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 13.
So as of Saturday afternoon, Carter and Morgan are the only tight ends the Vikings know they will have available against Cincinnati. Rudolph being active on Sunday could just be as an emergency tight end in case either Carter or Morgan go down with an injury.
Then again, Rudolph could play this week and look like his normal self. Who really knows?