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Rudolph still sidelined by ankle injury; Reiff returns to practice

The Vikings may be down to two tight ends Sunday against the Bengals.

Starter Kyle Rudolph was unable to practice Friday, marking his third missed practice this week due to an ankle injury suffered in Carolina. Earlier today, tight end Blake Bell was placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury.

Tight ends David Morgan and Kyle Carter, promoted from the practice squad on Friday morning, were the only two at practice again on Friday.

Left tackle Riley Reiff donned a helmet again and rejoined the offensive line in position drills on Friday, however backup Rashod Hill also took snaps alongside left guard Nick Easton. We’ll see how much Reiff did in practice when the final injury report is released this afternoon. He’s also dealing with an ankle injury.

Cornerback Mackensie Alexander (chest) was the only other Vikings player unable to practice Friday.

Vikings promote one tight end, place another on injured reserve

The Vikings promoted tight end Kyle Carter to the active roster and placed tight end Blake Bell on injured reserve.

Bell injured his shoulder during last week’s 31-24 loss in Carolina. Carter has been one of just two tight ends at practice this week alongside David Morgan, who himself was recovering from a concussion.

Starter Kyle Rudolph is dealing with an ankle injury and has missed both practices this week. The final injury report for Sunday’s game against the Bengals will be issued this afternoon.

Two free agents, tight ends Sam Cotton (Nebraska) and Steve Donatell (Western Kentucky), were brought in to Winter Park for a workout this week.

The Vikings re-signed defensive back Jack Tocho to take Carter’s spot on the practice squad.

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