Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph, the MVP of last season’s Pro Bowl, was placed on injured reserve Monday and won’t play again this season.
Rudolph broke his left foot against the Cowboys on Nov. 3, and coach Leslie Frazier hoped at the time Rudolph would return to practice this week.
“That’s not going to be the case,” Frazier said. “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 missed one game in his first two seasons but played only eight this year. He had 30 receptions for 313 yards and three touchdowns.
Quarterback Christian Ponder cleared the NFL concussion protocol and will practice this week.
Ponder was inactive in Sunday’s loss to the Ravens because of a concussion he suffered against the Bears. Matt Cassel made his third start this season and finished 17-for-38 for 265 yards and two touchdowns.
Frazier did not announce who will start Sunday at the Metrodome against the Eagles.
“[Cassel] really got us going there in the fourth quarter,” Frazier said. “We were struggling to stay on the field on third down throughout most of the game, and then in the fourth quarter we started hitting our stride a little bit. So I thought he played a pretty solid game.”
Cornerback Xavier Rhodes (ankle), tight end John Carlson (concussion) and guard Brandon Fusco (knee) were day-to-day after suffering injuries on Sunday, Frazier said.
Rhodes was walking around the locker room in crutches Monday, but he wasn’t wearing a boot. He said he rolled the ankle in the fourth quarter. With cornerback Josh Robinson still recovering from a fractured sternum, the Vikings have four available cornerbacks, including safety Robert Blanton.
“If we don’t have Xavier, if we don’t have Josh, you still have Chris [Cook],” Frazier said. “Marcus [Sherels] is still there. So we’ll have to sit down and figure out with Robert and try to determine what’s the best thing to do. We got Shaun Prater as well. We’ll have to figure out if Xavier’s able to go.”
Carlson will have to go through the NFL concussion protocol this week. If he doesn’t pass the concussion tests, Rhett Ellison and Chase Ford will be the only tight ends available.
Calling about calls
Frazier said he received a call from NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino on Monday to discuss some of what Frazier felt were questionable decisions made by the officials Sunday.
“The fact that they called should give you an indication of how they felt about things on that day,” Frazier said.
|Boston - WP: M. Ott||4||FINAL|
|Minnesota - LP: M. Hoffman||3|
|San Francisco||0||Top 2nd Inning|
|Houston||86||4th Qtr 0:20|
|Milwaukee||89||4th Qtr 1:25|
|LA Lakers||8:30 PM|
|San Jose||3||1st OT 2:00|
|Florida||2||3rd Prd 9:13|
|Edmonton||2||2nd Prd 1:33|
|NY Rangers||1||3rd Prd|
|UC Santa Barbara||38|
|San Diego St||73|
|Utah Valley U||83|
|Cal State Fullerton||56||FINAL|
|Long Beach State||66|
|Texas-El Paso||42||2nd Half 7:31|
|Savannah State||23||2nd Half 17:16|
|Oral Roberts||34||2nd Half 13:25|
|Sam Houston St||44|
|Alabama A&M||24||1st Half 7:46|
|Eastern Mich||22||1st Half 8:07|
|UC Riverside||14||1st Half 7:18|
|CS-Bakersfield||23||1st Half 5:17|
|Rhode Island||24||1st Half 4:51|
|Portland State||19||1st Half 2:58|
|Fresno State||22||1st Half 7:17|
|Oregon||25||1st Half 5:50|
|Northwestern||21||1st Half 4:13|
|Miss State||6||1st Half 18:27|
|Georgia Tech||0||1st Half 18:35|
|West Virginia||8:30 PM|
|ULM||4||1st Half 17:28|
|Marquette||10||1st Half 16:07|
|Boise State||10:30 PM|
|New Mexico St|
|Miss Valley St||68||FINAL|
|(22) Middle Tennessee||69|
|William & Mary||65|
|Southern Ill||32||2nd Half 8:46|
|Idaho State||28||2nd Half 17:30|
|Old Dominion||2||1st Half 18:44|
|Aug 9 - vs. Houston||7 pm||X||27-13|
|Aug 16 - at Buffalo||6 pm||X||20-16|
|Aug 25 - at San Francisco||7 pm||X||34-14|
|Aug 29 - vs. Tennessee||7 pm||X||24-23|
|2013 regular season|
|Sep 8 - at Detroit||Noon||X||34-24|
|Sep 15 - at Chicago||Noon||X||31-30|
|Sep 22 - vs. Cleveland||Noon||X||31-27|
|Sep 29 - vs. Pittsburgh (in London)||Noon||X||34-27|
|Oct 6 - Bye|
|Oct 13 - vs. Carolina||Noon||X||35-10|
|Oct 21 - at. NY Giants||7:40 pm||X||23-7|
|Oct 27 - vs. Green Bay||7:30 pm||X||44-31|
|Nov 3 - at Dallas||Noon||X||27-23|
|Nov 7 - vs. Washington||7:25 pm||X||34-27|
|Nov 17 - at Seattle||3:25 pm||X||41-20|
|Nov. 24 - at Green Bay||Noon||26-26|
|Dec 1 - vs. Chicago||Noon||X||23-20|
|Dec 8 - at Baltimore||Noon||X||29-26|
|Dec 15 - vs. Philadelphia||Noon||X||48-30|
|Dec 22 - at Cincinnati||Noon||X||42-14|
|Dec 29 - vs. Detroit||Noon||X||14-13|