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Rapoport: Kyle Rudolph now expected to play Sunday vs Bengals

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If it’s true, Rudolph has undergone quite the healing process

NFL: Minnesota Vikings at Atlanta Falcons Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Minnesota Vikings’ tight end Kyle Rudolph has apparently undergone a healing process over the past 36 hours or so that is nothing short of miraculous.

Rudolph, who did not practice all week and was initially listed by the Vikings as “doubtful” on their final injury report, is now expected to play on Sunday when the Vikings take on the Cincinnati Bengals.

Rudolph suffered an ankle injury late in the Vikings’ 31-24 loss to the Carolina Panthers last Sunday. He reportedly left Carolina with his ankle in a walking boot, and sat out the week of practice. Generally, under Mike Zimmer, players that have not practiced during the week have not been active on game days. However, the Vikings upgraded Rudolph’s status to “questionable” early on Saturday, and now it appears that he might be out there after all.

If Rudolph can go, there’s a chance that he could still be limited. The Vikings’ other healthy tight ends are David Morgan, who will return this week after missing the Carolina game with a concussion, and Kyle Carter, who was promoted earlier this week when the Vikings placed Blake Bell on injured reserve.

We’ll see if this does come to pass on Sunday when the inactive lists come out. Those come out approximately 90 minutes before kickoff, and when they come out we’ll have them right here for you.