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Kyle Rudolph out about six weeks for Vikings

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Already down their veteran quarterback and All-Pro halfback, the Minnesota Vikings will now have to make do without their starting tight end.

NFL Media's Albert Breer reports, via a source apprised of the injury, that Kyle Rudolph will undergo sports hernia surgery and miss about six weeks.

Rudolph was listed on the Vikings' Week 3 injury report with a groin issue after appearing to lose a step or two in the Week 2 loss to the Patriots.

The coaching staff had reasonable expectations of a career year for Rudolph in Norv Turner's tight end-friendly offense.

Rudolph's absence is especially disconcerting with Adrian Peterson and Matt Cassel out indefinitely.

Defenses don't have to devote extra resources to stopping new starting tailback Matt Asiata and H-back Rhett Ellison, forcing Teddy Bridgewater to throw into tighter windows.

If the Vikings had their druthers, they wouldn't be turning the offense over to a rookie quarterback just as the supporting cast was starting to fill up with second- and third-stringers.

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