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Rice has hip surgery (UPDATED)

Posted on: August 24, 2010 9:58 am
Edited on: August 24, 2010 1:24 pm
S. Rice could miss the first half of the season (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Vikings WR Sidney Rice had hip surgery on Monday that could sideline him for the first half of this season. This comes courtesy of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune – staff writer Judd Zulgad confirmed on the radio this morning that Rice actually underwent the surgery – and I have a few thoughts about this issue.

1) It’s been a bad two weeks for the Minnesota receivers. Percy Harvin has been suffering from debilitating migraine headaches and now the Rice news. What was once considered one of the top WR corps in the NFL has been reduced to one legit starting receiver in Bernard Berrian.

Joe Webb, who probably could play WR, is still at QB, and that leaves Greg Lewis (eight catches in 13 games last year), Taye Biddle (who was playing in the UFL last season), Marko Mitchell (four catches in 10 games last year) and a few other guys whose names you haven’t heard. Oh, and Javon Walker, who still hasn’t signed officially but actually might have a chance to make the roster .

Why did Rice have the surgery now? As opposed to way earlier in the offseason?

He had a standout season last year, catching 83 passes for 1,312 yards and eight touchdowns, and he was a force in the playoffs. But he injured his hip in the NFC championship game, and according to the paper, he saw three hip specialists in the offseason, two of whom recommended surgery.

Rice declined to do so. Why? And how pissed is Minnesota right now?

3) Brett Favre might have to be a miracle worker this season to get the Vikings back to the NFC championship game.

UPDATE (12:24 p.m.): The Vikings have officially signed Walker .

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Rice has hip surgery (UPDATED)

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Posted on: August 25, 2010 1:55 am

Rice has hip surgery (UPDATED)

Greatest front office move...........are you on drugs? They stunk it up with Rodgers in his first year and Favre went to the
NFC championship in the 2nd year post Favre while the Pack got hung out to dry by Arizona in a game that exposed the
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being 9-7 and barely making the playoffs. They played a patsy schedule last year and shouldn't have made it then so
what are they going to do with a legit schedule this year?

Since: Jul 21, 2010
Posted on: August 24, 2010 11:31 pm

Rice has hip surgery (UPDATED)

why did they wait so late to have the surgery??? sheez the regular season  is almost hear. now hes going to miss half the season. this doesnt bode well for the vikes.

Since: Feb 1, 2009
Posted on: August 24, 2010 7:52 pm

Rice has hip surgery (UPDATED)

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Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: August 24, 2010 5:08 pm

Rice has hip surgery (UPDATED)

They just need to find a way to use Joe Webb in their offense. This guy looks awesome! What a pick!

Come on nowTomcat..."What a pick"?  Really?  Based on what?  If he is so "awesome" then why is he behind Favre, Jackson AND Rosenfels at QB?  Best case scenario, if the Vikings keep him as a QB he is #3 come opening day.  The #3 "emergency QB cannot play unless both the #1 and #2 are injured so you can't, if Webb is a QB. "find a way to use Joe Webb in their offense".  Move him to WR?  If he was good enough to contribute at WR right now the Vikings would not be out signing Javon Walker.  Webb may develope into a good player, but I would not anticipate it being this year at WR or QB.

Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: August 24, 2010 5:00 pm

Rice has hip surgery (UPDATED)

 then Greg Lewis and Javon Walker as veterans who can catch the ball.  Then you will have one of the young guys trying to prove themselves

My only big issue with your analysis -- when was the last time Javon Walker showed he can "catch the ball"?  Certainly not anytime in the last two seasons.  No reason to think Walker will suddenly become a valuable contributor.  Greg Lewis 8 catches does not inspire great confidence either.

Berrian/Harvin is not bad as your starting WR but neither has shown in the past they are a #1 type guy and you are banking on Harvin getting on top of his migraine issues (which I certainly hope he does, I am not a Vikings fan but I would not wish migraines on anyone as I know from experience how bad they can be).  Then, if the Vikings do keep Lewis and Walker, at most you have 1  "young guy trying to prove themselves" and,of course, "trying to prove themselves" is a long way from actually performing on the field.  No matter how you slice it, losing Rice for at least half a season (there is no guarantee he is back at 8 weeks or what kind of shape he'll be in at that point) is a big blow to the Vikings.  Can they overcome it?  Maybe, I am not writing them off by any means, but it is a big blow.

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: August 24, 2010 3:19 pm

Rice has hip surgery (UPDATED)

Number 12 I missed the point when Sidney Rice became Andre Johnson or Larry Fitzgerald... He had a good season last year but before that he wasn't on anyone's radar screen... Hmmmm what changed last year?? Oh yeah Favre showed up... If you actually new a SMALL portion of what you think you did you would see that its not far fetched to think that Favre would raise someone else's level of play.... Its nothing new for a QB to raise a WR's level of play... Maybe new to you, but to anyone that knows football its not new...

I guess your little mind could not digest my post so let me break it down for small minded people like yourself who know nothing about football.... Rice was a nobody in the WR rankings in the NFL in 2007 and 2008... He gets a QB like Favre in 2009 who connects with and now he plays at a borderline Pro Bowl level.... Why is so outlandish to think that another guy who is below the radar couldn't step in and fill his shoes?? You act as if Rice is Jerry Rice and has had seasons like last year, every year... They can definitely survive without him

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