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Vikings Move TE Kyle Rudolph to IR; Sign G Kyle Hinton to Active Roster

#68 G Kyle Hinton
#68 G Kyle Hinton

EAGAN, Minn. – Kyle Rudolph will finish out the 2020 season on Injured Reserve, the team announced Tuesday.

The Vikings also signed guard Kyle Hinton from the practice squad to the team's active roster ahead of Minnesota's Week 17 contest at Detroit.

Rudolph suffered a foot injury in Week 13 that has sidelined him for the past three games. When he missed the Vikings Week 14 game against the Bucs, it snapped Rudolph's streak of consecutive regular-season games at 93.

Through 12 games this season, Rudolph recorded 28 catches for 334 yards and a touchdown, which he scored against Tennessee in Week 3.

Rudolph ranks fifth in team history with 453 career receptions and 48 touchdowns. His 4,488 career receiving yards rank 10th.

The tight end had been working to recover but was unable to return to the field.

"He was going to be Kyle Rudolph, working hard, being there early and doing all the necessary steps," Kirk Cousins said following Minnesota's loss at Tampa Bay. "He was trying hard to get in and doing everything he can. But obviously, had to be smart."

View photos of the Vikings 53-man roster as of January 4, 2021.

Tyler Conklin, who has stepped up in Rudolph's absence, spoke to media members recently about learning from his elder teammate.

"It's frustrating for any athlete when you want to go out there and help your team win and you're a little banged up, but it's part of the game. Rudy is a heck of a pro," Conklin said. "People have always asked, 'What's the thing you've learned from Rudy? What has Rudy taught you?' For my first three years, I don't really think there could've been a better person to teach me how to be a professional, how to handle my business on and off the field, how to be the first one in the building.

"On top of that, he's one of the smartest football players I've ever met," Conklin added. "Obviously, I've only been in the NFL for three years, but just the growth he's helped me with – 'How do I run this route? How should I do this against this?' – Those things are huge when you're trying to grow and picking up a way bigger role in the middle or later toward the end of the season."

Conklin said that Rudolph has stayed involved through team meetings and on the sideline on game day, helping coach him and second-year tight end Irv Smith, Jr.

Minnesota's regular-season finale will mark Hinton's first game on the active roster. He spent the first portion of his rookie year on the Vikings practice squad.

Hinton was drafted 253rd overall by Minnesota this spring. The former Washburn University (Division II) standout primarily played tackle in college but has lined up at guard for the Vikings. Upon signing with the team, he expressed confidence in fitting with Minnesota's zone-blocking scheme.