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Minnesota Vikings lose Harrison Smith, Kyle Rudolph to concussions vs. Bears

The Vikings lost their starting safety and tight end to concussions in the second half.

Dilip Vishwanat

The Minnesota Vikings lost a safety and tight end to concussion in their 28-10 loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday. Safety Harrison Smith left the game in the third quarter with a concussion after pushing receiver Earl Bennett out of bounds. Smith left the field under his own power after teammates had waved team doctors over to treat him. Tight end Kyle Rudolph left the game in the fourth quarter after being injured, but it's unclear when Rudolph was hurt.

Rudolph finished the game as the Vikings' leading receiver with five catches for 55 yards and a touchdown. Rudolph was the team's third leading receiver coming into the game. Smith left the game with seven tackles, all solo, including a tackle for a loss. Smith is the team's fourth leading tackler and has the team's only defensive touchdown of the year.

It's unknown at this point whether Rudolph or Smith will miss next week's division match-up with the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.