Tag:Sidney Rice
Posted on: November 17, 2010 5:17 pm
Edited on: November 18, 2010 6:01 am

Sidney Rice calls speculation "bull"

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

We talked earlier today about whether Sidney Rice could miss the rest of the season as he recovers from hip surgery – and if the Vikings don’t activate him off the Physically Unable to Play list by Nov. 24, that decision gets real easy (because he’d be out automatically).

And really, like last week when coach Brad Childress left it up to Rice whether he could play (he decided he couldn’t), the decision ultimately will be Rice’s to make.

Apparently, Rice felt the need to explain his actions from last week – or, you know, lack of actions – on his official website.

In a post titled, “A Bunch of Bull,” Rice writes it’s, um, “bull” that people think he might not return this year because he feels his paycheck isn’t large enough. He disputes that notion.

An excerpt from his blog post:

You can ask any of the news people around here, not once have I spoken about a contract or wanted money. My objective is to get out on the field and play when I’m healthy and it has nothing to do with my contract.

If you know anything about the CBA, if the contract doesn’t get done I still have to be here two more years anyway, so what’s going on now is definitely not about my contract.

That’s a bunch of bull. I wouldn’t dare do the fans or my teammates like that.

Times like these, some news people just need stories to create and I guess me not getting back on the field yet is something they want to use.

I just want you fans to know that the surgery I had was very serious. It’s not like I’m coming back from a pulled hamstring and can run back out there. There’s way more to it than that. Believe me when I tell you I’m pushing to get back on the field.

He’d like to do that this week. Rice wrote that the plan is for him to play this Sunday, but “it will come down to a Saturday decision.” 

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Posted on: November 17, 2010 11:08 am

Could Sidney Rice miss the remainder of 2010?

Posted by Will Brinson

The short answer to the question of Sidney Rice missing the rest of the year: YES. The long answer, well, that's a bit more complicated, thanks to myriad reasons.

Anyway, Judd Zulgad and Chip Scoggins of the Minnesota Star-Tribune point out that the Vikes have a week from Wednesday to activate Rice from the Physically Unable to Perform list, or else he'll be required to remain on the list and miss the remainder of 2010.

It seemed like Rice might play on Sunday when Minnesota lost to Chicago (even if it was only 30 snaps, as Brad Childress had previously mentioned), but he didn't and that's on Rice, who will make the ultimate decision about whether he's healthy enough to go.

There's just a couple of issues there, however -- because Rice is coming off hip surgery, he has a perfectly legitimate excuse for "not being right." But there was some controversy about the surgery in the first place, because some folks believed it's timing belied Rice's unhappiness with not receiving a new contract from Minnesota. If he and agent Drew Rosenhaus believe that the Vikings won't offer more money any time soon, it's entirely plausible that Rice's decision on his health could be influenced by such factors.

The wideout's leverage in negotiations has also increased recently, with the departure of Randy Moss to the Titans and the resulting promotion of Hank Baskett and Bernard Berrian on the depth chart. Yes, Percy Harvin is immensely talented and a key piece to the future of the Vikes' offense, but combining him and Rice would make things easier for whoever replaces Brett Favre (via trade, draft or default to Tavaris Jackson) and Brad Childress next year.

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Posted on: November 14, 2010 12:17 pm

NFC Inactives, Week 10

Posted by Will Brinson

Per usual, we list the big name ACTIVES up top:

And then the INACTIVES below: Kellen Winslow, TE, Buccaneers,

- Jonathan Stewart, Tyrelle Sutton/DeAngelo Williams, RB, Panthers: You probably knew this already, but just as a reminder, the Panthers are starting both Jimmy Clausen and Mike Goodson this week. And Brinson is lucky enough to tweet about this game too! Watch out, it's a scorcher.

- Armanti Edwards, WR, Panthers: He's actually listed as the third quarterback, but you won't be seeing any Wild Mountaineer Sunday unless it's total desperation.

- Sidney Rice, WR, Vikings: Rice wasn't removed from the PUP list and as a result won't play for Minnesota.

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Posted on: November 13, 2010 7:54 pm

Week 10 injury news and analysis, part III

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Bengals at Colts

Combined, these two teams have a stunning 28 players on their injury lists.

For the Colts, RB Joseph Addai is doubtful with a neck, and though his replacement, Mike Hart, has performed well, he also is on the injury report – questionable with an ankle (he didn’t participate in practice at all this week). He probably won’t play either. Which means that Donald Brown likely will start and get some help from Javarris James.

Another potential problem for Indianapolis is that starting LBs Clint Session and Gary Brackett (toe) are listed as questionable. Session dislocated his elbow a couple weeks ago, but somehow he found a way to play through the rest of the game. Which was pretty amazing. Of course, he hasn’t been seen since, but still.

The Bengals secondary, meanwhile, won’t have much depth. Starting FS Chris Crocker is doubtful with a bad calf, and nickel back Morgan Trent (knee), who originally was listed as questionable, was downgraded today to out. QB Carson Palmer, who didn’t practice Wednesday or Thursday, is listed as probable with a right shoulder injury.

Texans at Jaguars

Houston WR Andre Johnson, who was listed as questionable and who seems to be fighting injuries every week, apparently will start. Which is nice of him, one supposes. But TE Owen Daniels, battling a bad hamstring, will miss his second-straight game. To replace him, look for Joel Dreessen (five catches for 67 yards last week) to get the start.

For the Jaguars, losing DE Aaron Kampman, who tore his ACL, will give Jacksonville a big void on the defensive line, but other than him, Jacksonville should be relatively healthy. LB Daryl Smith, DE Jeremy Mincey, RB Greg Jones and DT Tyson Alualu are probable.

Vikings at Bears

Now that the Sidney Rice question has been answered – he’s still not recovered from hip surgery and will NOT be active Sunday – we can look to the other two Vikings WRs on the injury list. Namely Percy Harvin, who’s been bothered by migraine headaches this week, and Bernard Berrian, who has a groin issue. Both are listed as questionable. Will Brett Favre have anybody to whom he can throw?

The Vikings secondary doesn’t seem much healthier. CB Asher Allen and S Jamarca Sanford are doubtful, while CB Lito Sheppard (hamstring) and CB Frank Walker (hand) are probable.

Bears C Olin Kreutz is questionable to play with a bad hamstring. He didn’t practice Wednesday or Thursday, but he’s expected to play anyway. And Chicago will need him. Minnesota recorded six sacks last week, and the Vikings will be looking to take down Favre as much as possible.

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Posted on: November 13, 2010 5:56 pm

Sidney Rice will not play Sunday

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Vikings WR Sidney Rice will not be active for Sunday’s game vs. the Bears, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Rice Minnesota had until 3 p.m. today to place Rice on the 53-man active roster from the Physically Unable to Perform list. Since the Vikings didn’t do that, Rice is ineligible to play.

Rice – who underwent hip surgery in late August – has practiced the past two weeks, and he said he really went hard Thursday. But before he would commit to playing, he wanted to see how he felt the two days afterward to see if he’d need another week of recovery. Apparently, he’s made his decision.

Now, according to the Star Tribune, Minnesota will use a roster exemption that allows Rice to continue practicing without counting against the 53-man roster. That exemption lasts until Nov. 24.

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Posted on: November 12, 2010 4:18 pm
Edited on: November 12, 2010 7:08 pm

Sidney Rice will wait until Sat. to decide

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

And the verdict on Vikings WR Sidney Rice playing this weekend is … um, he’s going to need a little more time to figure it out.

"I'm going to see how I feel (Saturday) after a week of practice," Rice, who's listed as questionable this week, told reporters, via 1500espn.com.

"I did pretty good Wednesday, Thursday and (Friday), but I'm just going to see how it feels (Saturday)."

Rice had his hip surgery Aug. 23, and Minnesota – which cleared him for full participation Nov. 3 – is more than ready for him to return. But Rice, and I’m not saying this is a bad idea, is looking more to the future. In effect, he wants to make sure everything is completely OK with his hip before he takes the field. Plus, he doesn’t want to have to be limited during a game. If he's out there, he wants to be full go.

Which brings us back to the question why Rice waited until the season was just about to begin before getting his surgery.

One theory is that he didn’t like the fact he was only going to make $550,000 this season, so he waited until the last minute before undergoing the knife. But now he’s at a point where he has to prove to teams who might want to court him as a free agent after this season that he’s still the same player he was last year.

Rice has been practicing for two weeks, and the reviews have been pretty good. But he still hasn’t taken a hit, and, even worse for him, he doesn’t feel like the same player. Not yet anyway.

"I feel like I'm still on the same schedule – just not as fast, not as quick, don't have that explosion that I used to have at this point," Rice said. "But it's getting better, it's coming back. Just like (Thursday) I opened it up. I'm going to continue to progress and ramp it up."

The team has until 3 p.m. Saturday to activate Rice from the Physically Unable to Perform list.

UPDATE (7:06 p.m.):
According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Rice is expected to make his 2010 debut Sunday vs. the Bears.

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Posted on: November 3, 2010 1:06 pm
Edited on: November 3, 2010 1:06 pm

Sidney Rice coming off PUP Wednesday

Posted by Will Brinson

During Brad Childress' weekly press conference (which may be broadcast in Times Square at this point), most of the questions were focused on this Randy Moss fella (more on that in a bit).

But in terms of players who are actually still on the Vikings roster, Childress had some good news, telling the media that Sidney Rice would come off the the Physically Unable to Perform list Wednesday, and begin practicing.

The Vikings will have three weeks to evaluate Rice and see if they want to activate him.

Rice underwent surgery on his hip during the offseason after a Pro Bowl year and some questions about his contract (which pays him $550,000 in the last year of his rookie deal).

As for who would fill Randy Moss' void on offense while Rice is evaluated, Childress' response was, "We have Hank Baskett." Oof.

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Posted on: November 2, 2010 8:01 pm

Rice practicing this week? 'There's a chance'

Posted by Will Brinson

So, this thing happened recently with Randy Moss and the Vikings where they're no longer BFF's (for those living under a rock, he got waived and then maybe not waived and then definitely waived and now there's plenty of drama between the Vikings and head coach Brad Childress).

How about some positive wide receiver news coming out of Minny instead then? Because it turns out that Sidney Rice, who last we heard was just off crutches a few week ago, could return to practice this week.

Via Chip Scoggins of the Star-Tribune, Chilly says "there's a chance" that Rice could be back this week.

So, um, YAY!!!!.

Or something -- even if Rice is back to practice this week, he certainly won't be 100 percent for quite some time, if ever, when it comes to actual gameplay.

And even if he's back on the field this week for practice, he probably won't be able to actually play in a game for several weeks. Which won't do a whole lot to take the heat of of Childress for dumping his only talented deep threat, or provide him with an excuse outside of "the caterer ate my homework" for why he waived Moss.

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