Vikings place tight end Kyle Rudolph on injured reserve

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Minnesota Vikings’ injury woes
extend way beyond MVP running back Adrian Peterson.

Minnesota (3-9-1) placed tight end Kyle Rudolph on injured
reserve Monday, ending his season when the team determined he wouldn’t be able
to return to practice in time to play this season, coming off the broken foot
he suffered on Nov. 3 against the Dallas Cowboys.

The Vikings originally gave Rudolph a four-to-six week
timeframe for recovery. Frazier was hopeful Rudolph would be back at practice
this week, but he wasn’t able to make enough progress for a return.

“Kyle Rudolph, we were hoping we’d be able to get him
up and practicing this week,” Frazier said Monday. “That’s not going
to be the case. We made the decision that we’re going to put him on injured
reserve, so he’ll be down for the rest of the year.”

Rudolph was expected to another big year for Minnesota after
winning the Pro Bowl MVP award following last season. He finished with 30
catches for 313 yards and three touchdowns in eight games this season as the
revolving door at quarterback led to inconsistency in the passing game.

Minnesota also decided receiver Greg Childs, on the
Physically Unable to Perform list, won’t make it back this season as he tries
to return from bilateral patellar tendon tears in both of his knees. The
Vikings had to decide whether to activate Childs to the active roster, but he
will stay on the PUP list and miss the rest of the regular season now.

The 2012 fourth-round pick out of Arkansas has yet to play
in a game for Minnesota. He suffered the patellar tendon tears two weeks into
his rookie training camp last year.

“He did a good job in his return, did some things we
were glad to see,” Frazier said. “But at this point, made the
decision that he’s going to be on the PUP list.”

Peterson suffered a sprained right foot in Sunday’s game and
is still undergoing further tests. Backup Toby Gerhart has a hamstring injury.

Also from Sunday’s game, tight end John Carlson suffered a
concussion, right guard Brandon Fusco is dealing with a knee strain and
cornerback Xavier Rhodes has a sprained ankle. Frazier classified Carlson and
Fusco as day-to-day.

Frazier said quarterback Christian Ponder has passed his
concussion testing.

“I did find out this morning, he did pass
everything,” Frazier said. “So he’s cleared now. We’ll sit down today
as a staff and talk about how we want to go forward at the quarterback
position.”

Frazier said cornerback Josh Robinson, out after suffering a
fractured sternum on Nov. 17, won’t be ready to return this week.

“The word I got today, he’s making some progress but
not to the point where he’s going to be ready for this ballgame,” Frazier
said. “So, we’ll have to make a decision on how we want to go forward with
him, as I learn a little bit more about the likelihood of his playing maybe in
the following game that will determine what we do with him going forward.”

Frazier added the team might need to add help depending on
the health of Peterson, Gerhart and Rhodes.

“We’d be pretty thin going into a ballgame with three
corners or maybe four corners,” Frazier said. “We’ll see what happens
with the running back position. We’ll definitely have to do something somewhere
depending on what happens or who we may or may not have.”

Frazier did have a bit of good news.

Safety Harrison Smith, out since Oct. 13 with a toe injury,
could be activated off injured reserve to play on Sunday at home against
Philadelphia. Smith was placed on injured reserve with the team’s designation
to return. He returned to practice on Nov. 29.

“We’ll make a decision on Harrison at the end of the
week,” Frazier said. “Probably Friday or Saturday we’ll make a
decision.”

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