Rudolph caught one of four targets for a 25-yard touchdown in Sunday's 38-7 loss to the Eagles. Rudolph capped off his team's opening drive with a 25-yard TD grab, but he was shut out the rest of the way as his team was handled comprehensively. He enjoyed a strong regular season that saw him catch a career-high eight touchdown passes, but he managed just 36 yards and a score in two playoff games. Nevertheless, Rudolph should remain an integral part of the passing game for Minnesota next season, regardless of who its starting quarterback turns out to be.
Rudolph (ankle) practiced fully Wednesday. After spraining his ankle Week 14 at Carolina, Rudolph was treated with kid gloves in both practices and games, presumably with the postseason in mind. The limitations were felt during the fantasy postseason, as he recorded four catches (on six targets) for 26 yards and one touchdown over the final three games of the regular season. After a bye week to kick off the postseason, Rudolph appears to be back to full speed as the Vikings begin their playoff run in earnest Sunday against the Saints.
Rudolph was in a walking boot after Sunday's win over Chicago after playing on a sprained right ankle. "I finally get some time off, so I'm going to try to get this thing back to 100 percent," Rudolph told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "I played three games on it, so now I get some time off." Rudolph injured his ankle Dec. 10 at Carolina but was able to play the next three games. He had just four receptions in those three games and played just 28 snaps in Sunday's win. He should hopefully be back to full speed after Minnesota's bye in the first round of the NFC playoffs.
Rudolph (ankle) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice. Rudolph, who was also limited in practice Wednesday, has been nursing some sort of ankle injury for over two weeks now. While he told reporters Wednesday that his ankle was "as good as it can be in Week 17," the fact of the matter is that he's drawn just three targets in the last two games and still seems to be hampered in some capacity. Barring a setback, he doesn't seem in danger of missing Sunday's regular-season finale against the Bears, but Rudolph would seemingly be just a touchdown-dependent fantasy option.
Rudolph (ankle) was limited at Wednesday's practice. Plagued by an ankle injury for the better part of December, Rudolph nonetheless has played through the discomfort the past two games. His significance within the passing game has taken a hit, though, as he's received a combined three targets during that stretch. Although the issue continues to impact his practice reps, he doesn't appear to be a candidate to sit out the regular-season finale, especially with home-field advantage for the NFC playoffs on the line. If Rudolph gains clearance to play again Sunday, he'll have a tough task on his hands against the Bears' eighth-ranked pass defense.
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