Minnesota Vikings Kyle Rudolph Out 4-6 Weeks

Minnesota Vikings' Kyle Rudolph (82) misses a catch during the second half of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts in Indianapolis, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012. Vikings' Stephen Burton caught the football for a 7-yard touchdown reception. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Minnesota Vikings’ Kyle Rudolph (82) misses a catch during the second half of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts in Indianapolis, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012. Vikings’ Stephen Burton caught the football for a 7-yard touchdown reception. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

To Vikings fan asking whether or not the season could get any worse for the team after the loss to the Dallas Cowboys, the answer is “yes”.  Bad just got worse for the struggling 1-7 Minnesota Vikings with tight end,Kyle Rudolph, now out for an expected 4-6 weeks with a broken foot.

Tight end Kyle Rudolph scored an amazing 31-yard touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys, but was injured on the play and didn’t return to the game. The injury, which isn’t career- or season-ending, will still sideline Rudolph for a significant amount of time. According to multiple sources, Rudolph has a fractured bone in his foot.

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Minnesota Vikings add Chase Ford from practice squad

Miami linebacker Gionni Paul (36) and tight end Chase Ford (9) walk off the field following their NCAA college football game against Florida State on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011 in Tallahassee, Fla. Florida State won 23-19. (AP Photo/Phil Sears)

Miami linebacker Gionni Paul (36) and tight end Chase Ford (9) walk off the field following their NCAA college football game against Florida State on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011 in Tallahassee, Fla. Florida State won 23-19. (AP Photo/Phil Sears)

The Minnesota Vikings have  promoted their  first-year tight end, Chase Ford from their practice squad this Saturday.

This move gives Minnesota three healthy tight ends for Sunday’s game vs. Green Bay with reserve Rhett Ellison(ankle) ruled out for Week Eight. Ford, who has been on the practice squad all season, provides depth behind Kyle Rudolph and John Carlson.

The 23-year-old Ford has had stints on the Cowboys’ and Eagles’ practice squads. He is a Miami (Fla.) product.

In a corresponding transaction, the Vikings waived defensive end Justin Trattou.

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