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The curious case of Sidney Rice

Posted on: August 10, 2010 10:50 am
S. Rice's hip has not allowed him to practice yet this season (AP). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

We told you the latest with Percy Harvin’s possible migraine headaches , but perhaps a bigger unknown is what’s going on with Vikings WR Sidney Rice’s hip.

The Minnesota Star-Tribune today calls the Rice issue “a curious case.”

People don’t doubt that Rice’s hip is injured, but you also have to remember that, after an extraordinary year (83 catches, 1,312 yards, eight TDs) and a big improvement on his first two seasons in the NFL, he’s making a $550,000 base salary this year. Perhaps that’s part of the reason Rice has yet to practice during training camp.

Here’s where the Star-Trib gets suspicious:

Rice and the Vikings have declined to reveal the exact nature of the problem - no one outside of the organization knew he was hurt until Rice's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, tweeted about it last month - and there appears to be no timetable for his return. In fact, coach Brad Childress said last week that Rice was "a ways away from returning."

The situation is so vague that it has led to a growing feeling that Rice isn't rushing back in part because of a contract … with no escalators. Rice is in the last season of his four-year rookie deal that averages less than $1 million per year.

Rice, who has been doing dry-land training and rehab as his teammates go through practices, only stopped long enough Monday to say that anything involving his contract is between the team and Rosenhaus.

Without Harvin and Rice in the lineup – if this scenario were to occur – the Vikings would go from one of the best WR corps in the league to having to use Jaymar Johnson (one catch last year) and Greg Lewis (eight catches) more than they’d like. Bernard Berrian obviously is one of the top receivers in the NFC North, but without Rice and Harvin around, opponents could shut him down with double-teams and force a relative unknown WR to try to beat them.

And we STILL don’t know anything about Brett Favre.

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Since: Jul 25, 2010
Posted on: August 11, 2010 1:03 pm

The curious case of Sidney Rice

He is not holding out for more money.  This is a legitimate injury.  I believe he is not pushing things along because of the Favre situation (not knowing who is going to be the QB).  He had a career year last season because of Favre.  With T-Jack he will be a good receiver but not an elite one.  It's wait and see for the Vikings this season.......

Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: August 11, 2010 1:00 pm

The curious case of Sidney Rice

Meant to say over any other Packer WR not player.

Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: August 11, 2010 12:57 pm

The curious case of Sidney Rice

Right, I would take Sidney Rice over any Packer receiver. Biased? Yes maybe, but he has more potential than the Packers receivers, except maybe Jermichael Finley, but I'm not comparing a TE/WR. If by chance Brett Favre doesn't come back, I would expect a drop in Rice's numbers, but I think working with Cris Carter and Larry Fitzgerald in the offseason before last season helped him a lot. Skipping it this year wasn't something I wanted to see, but he has a nagging hip injury, not much he can do. I think he should get a little pay bump, but certainly not a huge increase on 1 good season.

I know fantasy doesn't tell the tail for WR, but it has some correlation if you look at avg draft position. All mock drafts I've been doing have Sidney Rice going as high as 15th and as low as 30th. Greg Jennings has gone anywhere from 20th to 39th. The avg draft positions have Rice going ahead of Jennings and def any other Packers player. You say fantasy doesn't mean anything? Well then looking at the top pick at WR is Andre Johnson, IMO he's the best WR. Next is usually Randy Moss, Larry Fitzgerald, Reggie Wayne, Roddy White...etc. Seems to correlate pretty well with the best WR's. Rice > Any Puker WR.

Since: Jul 24, 2010
Posted on: August 11, 2010 12:46 pm

The curious case of Sidney Rice

Exactly...People so easily forget that these players are working. This is thier job and with most contracts not having any wiggle room once you're hurt, I say go get all you can while you're healthy, put yourself in thier shoes and you'd see that its good business sense!!!

Since: Oct 9, 2008
Posted on: August 11, 2010 12:43 pm

The curious case of Sidney Rice

There is currently a tie for most outrageous commet, and they are w/in the same post:

Like knowing the Packers aren't on the same level as the Vikings even without Favre.  The Vikings with Jackson are easy favorites to win the division.You better hope that #4 comes back, or it's 8-8 for the Vikings!!!

Rice would easily be the Packers best WR.Not sure if Rice could even Break into the top 4 WR's w/ the Packers!

Since: Jul 18, 2007
Posted on: August 11, 2010 12:30 pm

The curious case of Sidney Rice

"Bernard Berrian obviously is one of the top receivers in the NFC north". Good lord Katzowitz have you ever actually watched a football game?

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