Vikings' Rudolph returns to practice

After missing practice on Sunday, tight end Kyle Rudolph returned to the Vikings' practice field on Monday. He and Chris Cook were shaken up in Friday's preseason game against the Bills, and both were suffering from concussion-like symptoms. Cook remains out.
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