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Monday, September 22, 2014

Vikings Injury Update: Matt Cassel, Kyle Rudolph


By on 9/22/2014 05:45:00 PM

Coming off a 20-9 loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, the Minnesota Vikings are now 1-2 on the season and head coach Mike Zimmer's Monday press conference amounted to an extended injury report with injuries to multiple key players.

Quarterback Matt Cassel suffered a broken left foot after being tackled at the end of a scramble during the second quarter on Sunday, and he is out indefinitely. Rookie Teddy Bridgewater took Cassel's place against the Saints, and he will be the Vikings' starting quarterback in Week 4 against the Atlanta Falcons and beyond.

Tight end Kyle Rudolph left Sunday's game with a groin injury, and after an MRI on Monday he will need sports hernia surgery and be sidelined for at least six weeks. Taking his place at tight end, barring a potential signing or another roster move, will be Rhett Ellison and former Golden Gopher MarQueis Gray.

Also banged up for the Vikings after Sunday's game are linebacker Chad Greenway (ribs/left hand), starting right guard Brandon Fusco (shoulder/pectoral) and cornerback Josh Robinson (hamstring). The status of everyone that is without a definite recovery timetable should be determined as the week goes along.

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