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Kyle Rudolph returns for Minnesota Vikings, Stefon Diggs still out

The Minnesota Vikings got one of their top pass catchers back on a limited basis Thursday, but their top one remained out.

Coming off a Monday night game, the Minnesota Vikings are looking to get some of their injured and dinged-up players back as soon as possible before playing the Houston Texans on Sunday, the last game before the Vikings get their bye week.

TE Kyle Rudolph returned to practice on Thursday on a limited basis after missing Wednesday with a rib injury, but WR Stefon Diggs, the team’s leading receiver, continued to sit out with his ailing groin injury.

“He played last week. He had a groin last week,” head coach Mike Zimmer said.

Diggs has been on the injury report the last two weeks with his groin injury but has played through it, even if he has had time off from practice.

Joining him as non-participants in Thursday’s practice were starting right tackle Andre Smith (elbow), TE David Morgan (knee), TE Rhett Ellison (knee) and DT Sharrif Floyd (knee) – all of whom missed Wednesday’s practice as well.

“We’ve still got another day of practice. We’ll see,” Zimmer said when asked about the injured players.

For the Texans, WR Braxton Miller (hamstring) practice fully after being limited on Wednesday, and LB Max Bullough missed practice with an illness. TE Stephen Anderson (hamstring) and RB Jonathan Grimes (ankle) didn’t practice and G Oday Aboushi (toe), T Duane Brown (knee), TE C.J. Fiedorowicz (knee), CB Kareem Jackson (hamstring) and T Derek Newton (knee) were limited again.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS

Player # Pos. Injury 5-Oct 6-Oct
Andre Smith 71 T Triceps Did Not Part. Did Not Part.
Kyle Rudolph 82 TE Clavicle/Rib Did Not Part. Limited Part.
Rhett Ellison 85 TE Knee Did Not Part. Did Not Part.
Stefon Diggs 14 WR Groin Did Not Part. Did Not Part.
David Morgan 89 TE Knee Did Not Part. Did Not Part.
Sharrif Floyd 73 DT Knee Did Not Part. Did Not Part.
Anthony Barr 55 LB Wrist Full Part. Full Part.
Xavier Rhodes 29 CB Knee Full Part. Full Part.
Jeremiah Sirles 78 T Ankle Full Part. Full Part.

HOUSTON TEXANS

Player # Pos. Injury 5-Oct 6-Oct
Stephen Anderson 89 TE Hamstring Did Not Part. Did Not Part.
Jonathan Grimes 41 RB Ankle Did Not Part. Did Not Part.
Oday Aboushi 78 G Toe Limited Part. Limited Part.
Duane Brown 76 T Knee Limited Part. Limited Part.
C.J. Fiedorowicz 87 TE Knee Limited Part. Limited Part.
Kareem Jackson 25 CB Hamstring Limited Part. Limited Part.
Braxton Miller 13 WR Hamstring Limited Part. Full Part.
Derek Newton 72 T Knee Limited Part. Limited Part.
Brian Cushing 56 LB Knee Full Part. Full Part.
Charles James 31 CB Hand Full Part. Full Part.
Max Bullough 53 LB Illness ----------- Did Not Part.
John Simon 51 LB Wrist ------------ Full Part.

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