Kyle Rudolph might actually suit up for the Vikings on Sunday


Even with Rudolph active, the Vikings' tight end group will have a different look.

The tight end went through warm-ups at U.S. Bank Stadium earlier Sunday morning and did not appear to be favoring his injured ankle. Rudolph was originally listed as doubtful, and as recently as Friday, he was expected to sit out on Sunday. Mike Zimmer confirmed Bell will eventually need surgery to fix his injured shoulder.

Among those 14 players was Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph, who injured his ankle during the team's matchup with the Panthers last week.

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Rudolph's availability is huge for Minnesota, as he is a crucial part of its offense.

On the season, Rudolph has 53 catches for 506 yards and seven touchdowns. Minnesota tight end David Morgan will also be playing his first game on Sunday since suffering a concussion against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 13.

Left tackle Riley Reiff, who was listed as doubtful with an ankle injury, is out as is Mackensie Alexander. Hill prepared throughout the week at left tackle in the likely event he's called upon to start over Reiff. Starting right tackle Mike Remmers returned after missing five games due to a concussion and lower back injury and center Pat Elflein was back after missing one game with a shoulder injury.