Chicago Bears wide receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery are both active for Monday night’s game against the New York Jets.
Both players are dealing with injuries and were limited in practice, but neither was expected to miss this game despite being listed as questionable. Marshall has an ankle injury and Jeffery is recovering from a hamstring ailment. They were game-time decisions in Week 2 but ended up playing against the San Francisco 49ers. Marshall went off for three touchdowns, while Jeffery was held to 47 yards on three catches.
Rudolph had three receptions for 27 yards before going down on the Vikings’ final drive against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.
“Something popped,” Rudolph told the Pioneer Press after the 20-9 loss. “I’ve been battling it for a while.”
Rudolph shed weight during the offseason to increase his speed and stay healthy after he missed the final eight games of 2013 with a broken foot. That, in addition to his Pro Bowl 2012 season, was enough to convince the Vikings to hand him a five-year contract extension in July.
Despite the high expectations, Rudolph has been unable to make a significant impact on offense. He has just seven catches for 69 yards through three games, though he did find the end zone in the opening win against the St. Louis Rams.
“We decided [not to investigate] because it had been elevated to a felony. It was very clear to us that they were going to get any piece of information they wanted. They have the power to get anything they want.”
“I feel regretful because in my heart of hearts if we had gotten the tape early on in the Spring and Roger had seen it, I think it would have been a precedent-setting, multi-game suspension or maybe indefinite.”