Another day, another quiet Minnesota Vikings minidrama to uncover.
In an article worth reading fully, Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune discusses the “elephant in the room” at Vikings training camp — Sidney Rice’s hip.
No one thinks Rice is faking the injury, but there is a growing feeling that Rice’s absence is partially due to his contract situation and “wounded pride.” Rice is due $550,000 in the final year of his contract. The Vikings didn’t even know about Rice’s injury until his new agent Drew Rosenhaus tweeted about the problem last month.
The Vikings would reportedly be willing to do an extension, but not the big-money deal Rice wants. They want him to prove he’s a top-shelf wideout again. There remains no timetable for Rice’s return. (The same is true for Percy Harvin and that Favre guy.)
Whatever the disparate reasons, training camp work doesn’t seem like a huge priority for the core players of the Vikings offense.