Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph recovering well from ankle injury

(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) Kyle Rudolph
(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) Kyle Rudolph /

Kyle Rudolph has been dealing with an ankle injury since Week 14 but the Minnesota Vikings tight end is feeling better heading into the NFL playoffs.

For players in the NFL, staying healthy all season can be nearly impossible. With all the hits and training these individuals endure on a regular basis, many players never reach 100% as the season goes on, and that also goes for Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph.

During the team’s game against the Panthers in Carolina, Rudolph suffered an ankle injury which kept him from playing to the best of his abilities during the final three weeks of the NFL’s regular season.

Thankfully, Minnesota’s 13-3 record allowed the team to have Wild Card Weekend off to rest and prepare for their game during the divisional round. That also means that some of the dinged up players will have a chance to recover from injuries.

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Recently, Kyle Rudolph spoke about how his ankle is feeling as reported by Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press:

"“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. “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.”"

While Rudolph may not be fully recovered, he does sound as though he’ll be able to perform at a high level during the Vikings Divisional Round playoff game against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

Minnesota will need Rudolph if they hope to keep pace with the high-powered offense of the Saints.

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You can see tight end Kyle Rudolph and the rest of the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, February 14, 2018 when they host the New Orleans Saints in the Divisional Round of the NFL playoffs. Don’t miss it!