Minnesota signed second-year tight end from the practice squad to 53-man roster late last week to bolster depth at the position with Rudolph's status in question and the move of to injured reserve. He's listed doubtful to play against the Bengals.
Rudolph's availability is huge for Minnesota, as he is a crucial part of its offense. He was a full participant in Friday's practice.
Left tackle Riley Reiff, who was listed as doubtful with an ankle injury, is out as is Mackensie Alexander. Rudolph averaged around six targets per game through the first 13 weeks and has been the Vikings' top red zone scoring threat, scoring six of his seven touchdowns this season inside the 20-yard line. He will be replaced by reserve tackle, who has not started at left tackle since his college days at Southern Mississippi.
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Tight end Kyle Rudolph made quite the turnaround as he'll play Sunday despite head coach Mike Zimmer ruling him out earlier this week. "He's played a lot of football for us in really all of the groupings".
The Vikings appear likely to be down to two tight ends Sunday against the Bengals.
So as of Saturday afternoon, Carter and Morgan are the only tight ends the Vikings know they will have available against Cincinnati.