NFL Rumors: Kyle Rudolph and Harrison Smith to Play Sunday for Minnesota Vikings

By Andrew Fisher
Dennis Wierzbicki-US PRESSWIRE

The injury bug is doing its best to derail the Minnesota Vikings‘ playoff hopes, but the team has received some encouraging news in regards to two of their players. Both tight end Kyle Rudolph and safety Harrison Smith have passed concussion tests and both have been cleared to play Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.

While both of them playing is not a guarantee, it seems very unlikely they will be held out at this point.

In other not so encouraging news, wide receiver Percy Harvin is probably going to miss his third straight game with an ankle sprain. The star wide receiver missed practice again Friday and is a long shot to play Sunday.

To try and be optimistic, two out of three isn’t bad. I would have given the Vikings ‘little to no’ chance to beat the Packers without all three of these guys. Sure, it would be nice to have Harvin out there, but Rudolph has been solid all season and at least Christian Ponder will have his safety valve on the field.

Smith was a must-have in the secondary going up against MVP Aaron Rodgers. The Packers quarterback is always going to get his, but having Smith out there will go along ways towards limiting No. 12.

For the Vikings to escape Lambeau Field with a victory, both of these guys must be on their A-game and contribute at high levels. I’m hoping to see more than 100 yards receiving and a touchdown from Rudolph and more than 10 tackles and some pass deflections from Harrison.

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