Rudolph 'hopeful' to play against the Bears this week

Author:
Updated:
Original:

This week could be the week the Vikings finally see the return of Kyle Rudolph. The tight end has missed six straight games after undergoing sports hernia surgery to repair a groin injury.

On Monday, Rudolph and the Vikings returned to practice following their bye week. Rudolph practice "a little bit," according to head coach Mike Zimmer, via 1500ESPN.com.

"He ran routes and did a little bit of everything, more than individual [drill] did stuff," Zimmer said. "We're hopeful but we'll see as the week goes on."

How much would Rudolph's return to the field this week against the Bears help rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and the rest of the offense? Consider the fact that, according to Bleacher Report, the Vikings own the 24th-ranked red-zone scoring percentage – a place where Rudolph has thrived in his short career.

"Rudolph may come to the rescue. He has a strong track record of catching touchdown passes, with 13.4 percent of his career receptions being for scores. His catches are far more concentrated in the red zone than even many of the game’s best tight ends."

Minnesota has only six passing touchdowns this season. Aaron Rodgers threw six touchdown passes in the first half of Green Bay's blowout win over the Bears on Sunday night.

Last week, Rudolph spent some time hanging out with Garth Brooks.

Next Up

covid-19, coronavirus

South African COVID-19 variant detected in Wisconsin

There have been no cases of the South African strain found in Minnesota.

Brian Dutcher

Could Brian Dutcher be Gophers target to replace Richard Pitino?

Dutcher's contract has a buyout clause that could lead him to Minnesota.

state patrol

Driver, 82, killed in Kandiyohi County crash involving semi

The elderly woman is a resident of Belgrade, Minnesota.

N95 mask

'Rapidly growing' outbreak of U.K. COVID variant found in Carver County

The department says it's been linked back to youth sports, with cases also found at local gyms.

Mats Zuccarello

Wild dominate Coyotes with 3-goal first period

The Wild rebounded after getting swept in Vegas.

Guy Fieri

MN brewpub to make 2nd appearance on 'Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives'

In other words, Guy Fieri is returning to the Twin Cities.

Screen Shot 2020-06-15 at 7.11.05 AM

St. Cloud teen charged with raping girl in high school bathroom

Police say it happened during a late 2019 basketball game.

Mark_Pavelich

'Miracle on Ice' star Mark Pavelich found dead at treatment facility

The 63-year-old had been ordered to undergo psychiatric care.

hennepin county government center fencing minneapolis chauvin

Minneapolis, Hennepin County spending $1M on barricades, fencing for Chauvin trial

Minneapolis hopes to be reimbursed for fortification costs by the state if it passes the proposed SAFE Account.

Related