Rudolph sustained the injury on a 31-yard touchdown catch when he was hit by safeties Barry Church and Jeff Heath. After catching Christian Ponder's pass at the Cowboy's 10 yard line he broke another tackle as he ran to the end zone. Rudolph was seen grimacing as his teammates congratulated him on the touchdown.
Rudolph had said after the game the X-ray on his left foot was negative, but a second examination yielded a different diagnosis.
Coach Leslie Frazier said Rudolph's injury "gives some other guys a chance to step up."
"Chase Ford, who played in the ballgame and did a good job for us, he'll play. John Carlson will get more reps now. Hopefully we can get Rhett [Ellison] back [from an ankle injury]. So those guys will get more reps," he said.
Frazier said this is not the end of Rudolph's season, however.
Rudolph scored nine touchdowns last season and has 30 receptions for 313 yards and three touchdowns so far this season. The 31-yard catch on Sunday was the longest on the season, and now he waits to see if it's his last.
"It's tough," he said Sunday, after the Vikings' 27-23 loss to the Cowboys. "The biggest thing for me was not being able to contribute and having to watch." At 6'6", 258 pounds, the third year man out of Notre Dame is one of Minnesota's best red-zone weapons.
References: ESPN and Bleacher Report
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