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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