Kyle Rudolph's Fractured Foot Adds Holes To Minnesota Vikings' Sinking Ship

By Andrew Fisher
Kyle Rudolph
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The Minnesota Vikings are in the midst of a terrible season. The team dropped to 1-7 on Sunday with another heartbreaking loss to the Dallas Cowboys. The Vikings had the lead late, but another defensive collapse ultimately cost the squad again in 2013. Minnesota fought hard and stuck around after giving up touchdowns on back-to-back plays in the third quarter. One of the reasons they were able to mount a comeback, was a 31-yard touchdown pass from Christian Ponder to Kyle Rudolph. Unfortunately, Rudolph was injured on the play.

Now, news has emerged from Vikings’ camp that the tight end suffered a fractured foot on the touchdown play. Rudolph is expected to be out of action for at least a month, which is no doubt a big blow to an already struggling Minnesota offense.

So you can use whatever analogy you want here – when it rains it pours, the Vikings are getting kicked while they’re down – but the reality is that Rudolph’s injury just furthers the likelihood that Minnesota will finish the season with less than five wins. The ship is sinking in Minneapolis and now it’s sinking at a torrid pace. A lot of things have gone wrong for the Vikings in 2013, but injuries haven’t really been a factor. Now, Rudolph’s injury is just one thing on a long list of problems for Leslie Frazier‘s team.

If you’re a fan that’s trying to stay optimistic, just think of it this way – the Vikings are one step closer to landing a top five pick in next year’s draft.


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