Tag:Sidney Rice
Posted on: October 13, 2010 7:06 pm

Sidney Rice is off crutches

S. Rice is off crutches, but he's not sure when he'll return to the field (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Vikings WR Sidney Rice is off crutches, and though he’s not sure when he can return to practice – and ultimately, to actual game play – the fact he doesn’t need assistance to get around is a positive sign.

"(The doctor who performed his hip surgery) said everything looked good," Rice told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. "I was supposed to be done with [the crutches] Friday but I'm done with them now. .. Everything has been feeling good. It hasn't been giving me any problems. I've been walking around and walking on the treadmill, things like that with [my full] body weight."

Since Rice is on the Physically Unable to Perform list, the earliest he could return to the field is Oct. 24. That’s probably not going to happen.

“I'm sure it's going to take a little more time,” Rice said. “I haven't done anything on it in seven weeks. Not even put [my leg] on the ground. I followed my rules, stayed off of it, kept the pressure and the weight off of it. I'm just going to continue to do what they tell me to do, and I'm going to be pushing as much as I can."

It’ll be interesting to see the role Rice plays when he returns. With the acquisition of deep threat Randy Moss, who likely won’t give up his starting spot, and with Percy Harvin better at short to intermediate routes also likely to be starting, it’s not out of the question that Rice could face reduced playing time. Especially if the coaching staff wants to introduce him back to the game slowly after his hip surgery.

Which, now that the Vikings have Moss, they probably can afford to do.

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Posted on: October 9, 2010 1:21 pm

What will happen to Berrian?

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

One storyline lost in the Randy-Moss-to-the-Vikings trade was what will become of Minnesota’s Bernard Berrian. Even before the Moss trade, Berrian had been nearly invisible on the field, catching only five passes for 38 yards this season.

Now, that Moss will suit up for Minnesota, what happens to Berrian? Well, it seems obvious to say that his snaps probably will be cut. When the Vikings go to a two-receiver set, it won’t be Berrian and Percy Harvin any more. Now, it’ll be Harvin and Moss.

He was short with the media this week, but then, having something to say (or because he felt bad about his earlier snubs), he made a visit to the media room Friday. Asked if he was happy, Berrian said, “Good question.”

"Anytime a player's reps get cut or anything of that nature happens, a player's never going to be happy," Berrian told reporters, including the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "My attitude has to change."

Berrian did say he felt limited by his pre-Moss role, mostly running deep routes to make up for the loss of the field-stretching Sidney Rice. He said he wouldn’t mind seeing more slants and screens.

"I feel like I'm the same guy," said Berrian, who caught 71 passes for 951 yards in 2007. "But, I mean, the production hasn't been there, so it's kind of hard to say that."

The good news, though, is that now Moss is in town, Berrian will have plenty more time to help Chad Ochocinco on whatever joke of a reality show the Bengals WR is engaging in this month.

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Posted on: October 7, 2010 9:42 am
Edited on: October 7, 2010 9:42 am

Hot Routes 10.07.10: Who's got a Moss hangover?

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

- We’re going to try to keep the Randy Moss chatter to a minimum (the chances of this happening? Um, 15-20 percent?), but first, Vikings coach Brad Childress said the trade for Moss had nothing to do with where Sidney Rice is in his rehab from hip surgery. The chances of people believing that statement. Um, 15-20 percent?

- Titans CB Cortland Finnegan shows some (false?) bravado by “inviting” Broncos QB Kyle Orton, who said after last week’s game that Tennessee was a dirty team, to Nashville to visit him.

- When Michael Vick returns to health, Eagles coach Andy Reid said he’ll be the starting quarterback once again. Funny, I seem to remember Reid saying something similar about Kevin Kolb after he suffered a concussion in Week 1. And how’d that work out for Kolb?

- Arizona needs to figure out its QB situation if they want to have a chance to keep Larry Fitzgerald for the long term.

- For some reason, new Panthers WR David Clowney felt the need to call out the Jets organization for its short-sightedness on him. “Maybe being here, I can actually get an opportunity to run different routes and get involved as a full, complete receiver,” he said.

- Free agent QB Chris Simms is due back in court today for a hearing on his charge of driving under the influence of marijuana. Simms had been with the Titans before the team released him last month.

- For those who care about what Patriots fans think about the Moss trade, here’s your chance to read about it. For those who don’t care, here’s your chance to ignore a fan story about Randy Moss. Choose wisely.

- Cardinals RB Beanie Wells and coach Ken Whisenhunt finally had a meeting about Wells’ playing time.

- Brett Favre might want to avoid checking out Deadspin.com tomorrow. It might not be very pretty. Here's the NY Daily News' take.

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Posted on: October 6, 2010 10:20 am

How Moss trade will affect Minnesota

P. Harvin will get more help when R. Moss joins Minnesota this week (AP). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

If this wasn’t the surest indication that the Vikings want to win the Super Bowl RIGHT THIS VERY SECOND, today’s trade for Randy Moss – without a new contract deal in place mind you, meaning Minnesota could have traded its third-round pick in 2011 (and maybe more, say some reports) for a 13-game rental – is the latest confirmation.

Of course, you could have said the same thing each time coach Brad Childress – or any of his players – flew to Minnesota basically to beg Favre to return for his 20th season.

But the fact Moss will be in a Vikings uniform, that will certainly help a Vikings offense that ranks 24th in the NFL in the passing game (and 16th in offense overall).

Even with Favre returning, the Minnesota pass game has been very unimpressive. Sidney Rice, Favre’s favorite target last year when Favre had one of the best seasons of his career, is out until at least midway through the season (and maybe longer) while recovering from hip surgery.

Percy Harvin – who’s struggled with migraine headaches all season – hasn’t done much, and Bernard Berrian has been even worse. In all, the only receiver Favre seems to trust is TE Visanthe Shiancoe.

Plus, Favre is playing like a 40-year-old man.

But because Moss can stretch the field vertically – similar to what Rice can do – that should help Harvin in running his underneath routes.

A deep threat in Moss also should serve to help the running game and Adrian Peterson. The running game has been good so far – it ranks fifth in the league – but with Moss on the field, the opposing safeties will have to worry about him and Peterson, and since they can’t play the pass and play the rush at the same time, that only will help Minnesota’s offense.

One unknown in this scenario is whether the Vikings can give Moss the contract extension he wants – some reports say he wants as much as $10 million a season. But since it seems they’re going for it all right now, that might not matter. It’s Super Bowl or bust for the Vikings, and Moss' performance and attitude could make or break that movement.

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Posted on: September 23, 2010 10:48 pm

Favre knows this: Vikings offense is struggling

B. Favre said today he'd be lying if he knew exactly what was going on with Minnesota's offense (AP). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Brett Favre has pretty good self-awareness. At least as it relates to today’s weekly news conference with the Twin Cities media.

Entirely appropriate for the starting quarterback of a heavily-hyped squad that so far hasn’t won a game and has led an offense that’s been crappy thus far, Favre said the Vikings offense wasn’t exactly clicking on the field. In fact, he painted a pretty bad picture.

"If I sat here and told you that I knew exactly what we're doing right now I'd be lying," Favre said in remarks transcribed by the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "A lot of work is left and it will be an ongoing process until we have our unit how we want to go about things and we’re not there yet.”

That first statement has got to be brutal if you’re a Minnesota fan, and there are a couple of reasons it appears Favre doesn’t seem to know what’s going on.

No. 1, this is what happens sometimes when you miss large portions of training camp. He’s gotten away with it in years past, because he’s such a good freakin’ quarterback. But he’s 40 years old now, and maybe he’s lost a little bit of that magic.

No. 2, the fact Sidney Rice, his favorite target last year, isn’t around is killing him. Plus, Percy Harvin hasn’t been healthy, and Bernard Berrian has been a ghost. For some reason, Greg Camarillo isn’t seeing passes thrown his way, and the only receiver Favre seems to trust at this point is TE Visanthe Shiancoe.
So, does Favre have any words that will soothe the wounds of the Vikings supporters? Can he be optimistic, throw a little of that Favre gumption out there to make everybody feel a little better?

Um, not really.

"It’s hard to be patient and try to get this puzzle pieced together, because we’re doing it as we play," said Favre, who was limited in practice today. "Next week, it could be different. The following week, it could be different. Who knows?"

See, Vikings fans, everything is going to be OK. Or not. Who knows, indeed.

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Posted on: September 20, 2010 12:13 am

Vincent Jackson, Vikings still in rumor mill

B. Favre clearly misses the contributions of S. Rice, who's out for at least half the year after hip surgery (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Without Sidney Rice, the Vikings WR corps is worse than I could have imagined. Percy Harvin is playing with a hip injury and has had minimal impact the first two games of the season. Bernard Berrian has been invisible. Greg Camarillo has two catches in two games.

In fact, the only receiver QB Brett Favre seems to trust is TE Visanthe Shiancoe.

Which is why the Vincent-Jackson-to-the-Vikings rumors live on.

As Will pointed out Saturday , San Diego trading Jackson to Minnesota would make sense, even if San Diego doesn’t really want to trade him (I guess, then, it wouldn’t make that much sense for everybody).

But with another mediocre performance by the Vikings receivers during the team’s 14-10 loss to Miami that dropped them to 0-2 on the season, the possibility of acquiring Jackson is looking like a pretty good idea. Especially since Jackson’s six-game suspension would be cut to four games if he’s traded by 3 p.m. Wednesday.

"It's not for me to decide," Favre told the media after the game, including the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. "I've heard the talk just like everyone else. I'll tell you the same thing I tell everyone else: you know as much as I know. All I know is we got to get better with the guys we have in the room. I can't speak for other guys that are not here."

But playing without the 6-4 Rice, that makes life a little more difficult for Minnesota.

"We're running basically the same plays," Harvin said. "It's just sometimes when you have a 6-5 receiver you can just throw it up to him – whether he's covered or not – and he can make a play. From that standpoint, we won't be able to fix that or find another receiver to replace him. We just have to come up with different schemes to try and get people open."

Funny, 6-5 is exactly how tall Jackson is. Hmm.

Expect a decision from the Vikings front office to be made in the next few days. It’ll depend on money concerns and on character, and it’ll depend if team management thinks it can wait for Rice to return at mid-season before the offense (maybe) kicks into gear.

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Posted on: September 18, 2010 2:41 pm
Edited on: September 18, 2010 2:42 pm

Childress no comments possible V-Jax trade

Posted by Will Brinson

It's just kind of presumed that the Minnesota Vikings are interested in trading for Vincent Jackson, who, if dealt by Wednesday, would be eligible to play in their fifth game. (Also interested/rumored to be interested are the Seahawks, Redskins and Rams, for what it's worth.)

But just because it seems obvious that the Vikes would want Jackson on their squad to help make up for the injured Sidney Rice and the migrained Percy Harvin doesn't mean coach Brad Childress is going to admit it -- according to Jeremy Fowler of the Pioneer-Press , Chilly "deflected" questions about Jackson during his presser on Friday.

"He's really not a guy I'm able to speak about for the fact that he's their property," Childress said. "I wouldn't get into any speculation about anybody on anybody else's roster."

What's the old adage? Where there's a funny looking bald dude desperately trying to blow out the smoke there's generally fire?

Whatever, it seems pretty safe to say that if Childress is refusing to speculate on Minnesota's interest in Jackson (he wouldn't discuss whether or not they'd asked the Chargers for permission to discuss a trade) that there is in fact some interest there. Otherwise he'd just say "No."

The problem still remains, however, that if the Chargers don't want to trade him -- and that seems like a very real possibility; they could end up spitefully holding the Jackson and trying to land a third-rounder in compensation for him leaving -- it doesn't matter who wants him, because he won't go anywhere. And that's a very real possibility.

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Posted on: September 17, 2010 9:02 pm

Harvin practice, says he's ready to go

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Percy Harvin returned to the Minnesota practice field Friday after missing the previous two days of workouts, and though the St. Paul Pioneer Press wrote that his actions were limited, Harvin has said he’d be ready to play Sunday vs. Miami.

Which must give Minnesota a huge sense of relief, though Harvin actually is listed as questionable on the official injury report.

Not that Harvin contributed much in the season opener against the Saints, because he didn’t, making only one reception. But with Sidney Rice out for at least the first six weeks of the season – and with WR Bernard Berrian all but invisible vs. New Orleans – the Vikings receiving corps needs all the help it can get.

Which really surprised me. I thought, even without Rice, Minnesota would be OK in the passing game. Last week, the Vikings were not.

For the record, the Dolphins only allowed 139 passing yards in their win last week against Buffalo.

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