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Sidney Rice is off crutches, on the practice field

Though he’s still likely several weeks away from playing and possibly even longer than that from making a real contribution, Vikings receiver Sidney Rice returned to the practice field on Friday, a week after ditching his crutches.

Per Jeremy Fowler of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Rice “slowly jogged” on Friday, catching balls thrown by receiver Jaymar Johnson, who is on injured reserve.  Fowler reports that Rice’s lower-body movements were “minimal.”

Rice underwent surgery to repair an injured hip in August.  The move came as a surprise to fans and to the media — and possibly to the franchise.  In his absence, the Vikings offense has struggled, eventually necessitating a trade for Randy Moss.

Once Rice is back, it could become difficult to keep happy the various highly-skilled players who’ll be wanting the ball.

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38 Responses to “Sidney Rice is off crutches, on the practice field”
  1. President Florio says: Oct 16, 2010 11:48 AM

    Dang Florio cranking out the stories today. Hardest worker on the internet

  2. GB3Pack4 says: Oct 16, 2010 11:52 AM

    May not matter, unless those highly skilled players have a QB who can get them the ball -

  3. DonTerrelli says: Oct 16, 2010 11:55 AM

    “Once Rice is back, it could become difficult to keep happy the various highly-skilled players who’ll be wanting the ball.”
    Especially if they don’t have a decent QB

  4. Tjackfan says: Oct 16, 2010 11:58 AM

    Thanks for throwing that negative paragraph in at the end. I would prefer to look at the positive, rather than the negative.
    For example, “The various highly-skilled players are going to be experiencing single coverage all over the field, which will be greatly advantageous to the Minnesota Vikings.”

  5. Nsblend says: Oct 16, 2010 12:00 PM

    I think Rice knows at this point he is not the “go to guy”. You dont walk in after missing 8+ weeks and demand the ball.

  6. BigBear123 says: Oct 16, 2010 12:01 PM

    Once Rice is back, it could become difficult to keep happy the various highly-skilled players who’ll be wanting the ball.
    ————-/
    Especially with the QB throwing balls into the ground.
    It is a win now situation for the Vikes, if they don’t hit the playoffs Moss is likely to leave with Favre, If Favre lasts the season.
    Rice might not fully return to form this season, if he does Harvin goes back to the slot, and returns kicks, with Rice and Moss on the outside. None of it matters if the QB can’t get the ball to them though.

  7. purple4life says: Oct 16, 2010 12:01 PM

    “Several weeks?” Funny, did not realize your a medical doctor or athletic trainer?
    Every but of information out there says he will be back in a limited role in New England, 2 weeks from tomorrow or the following week at home versus Arizona. Thats a max of 3 weeks, which would be a “couple weeks” or a “few.”
    Also, if you read the whole article, instead of summarizing only a portion, like usual, you would understand that he will be cleared to resume “football activities” next week. Thus, he will be able to practice and get in shape. Three weeks, guaranteed, and he will be playing.
    Get you $#@% together.

  8. Franchise says: Oct 16, 2010 12:08 PM

    The Vikings offense will be scary (no matter who is at QB) when Rice returns.
    Moss, Rice, Percy, and AP?
    That’s some weaponry that will make defenses crap their pants.

  9. mikemcsaint says: Oct 16, 2010 12:10 PM

    One more target for Favre to miss

  10. Pervy xx says: Oct 16, 2010 12:10 PM

    Moss,Rice,Harvin,Shank. Will easily be the best group in the NFL…hell,I could QB that bunch. Then add AD ? You other teams will be bringing knives to a gun fight…

  11. adenaguy says: Oct 16, 2010 12:12 PM

    Not only that, but he also totally screwed the team up because he forced them to make the ill-advised trade that took away their nickel back. His “surprise” hip injury left them in disarray. Of course, most coaches would have had contingency plans in place already…but..well..you know the rest of the story.

  12. Cameltoe_Hunter says: Oct 16, 2010 12:12 PM

    This may not matter if there out of playoff contention by week 10.

  13. JimmySmith says: Oct 16, 2010 12:18 PM

    For these highly skill players who want the ball need to first ask themselves, “Who is going to be throwing me the ball?”
    One QB has developed a nasty habit of throwing to the wrong team, so much so that he now holds the NFL record for career INT’s and the unofficial record for back breaking INT’s in the playoffs. The other QB excels at throwing the jump pass and little else. The third string QB might have the most upside except for the fact that he has never played a snap in the NFL.
    If there is any good news, the Vikings are currently projected to draft in the first 10 slots next spring and could very well get a solid QB in this draft class.

  14. Gambit says: Oct 16, 2010 12:20 PM

    Everyone will be happy if they’re winning.

  15. MrHumble says: Oct 16, 2010 12:24 PM

    “Once Rice is back, it could become difficult to keep happy the various highly-skilled players who’ll be wanting the ball.”
    —————————————
    and even more difficult for defenses to stop them! There were as many highly-skilled players last year and there didn’t seem to be a problem with the players……perhaps with Colonel Klink and how to use all his weapons, but that’s another story.

  16. clintcooper says: Oct 16, 2010 12:27 PM

    This team is going to be loaded with talent. Oh, except for Brett Favre, who sucks.

  17. AmateurFootballtalk says: Oct 16, 2010 12:42 PM

    what makes you think “the various highly-skilled” players won’t be happy if they don’t get the ball? maybe they aren’t T.O.

  18. DYNASTY says: Oct 16, 2010 12:42 PM

    On my bench and baby i would LOVE to have Sidney for the stretch run. Favre loves throwing to this guy! Hope he tests the hip soon.

  19. CanadianVikingFanII says: Oct 16, 2010 12:48 PM

    The guy is a beast when he’s healthy. I’m glad to see he is working his way back, meaning Greg Lewis won’t have to always be opposite of Moss and can fill in whenever needed and relegate Berrian even further down the Bench! Awesome.

  20. 84+28=Superbowl says: Oct 16, 2010 1:02 PM

    I bet they want the Superbowl more then the ball

  21. 2MuchTime says: Oct 16, 2010 1:18 PM

    He may have missed his season by delaying his surgery in an attempt to have his contract changed.
    Shame, this won’t work unless he comes back humble.

  22. Kiss Bills Rings says: Oct 16, 2010 1:22 PM

    He won’t be worth playing till week 12 at the VERY SOONEST….even then he’ll probably be fairly rusty or limited….may not even be worth playing at all this year.

  23. PatERay-Vikes says: Oct 16, 2010 1:31 PM

    “Once Rice is back, it could become difficult to keep happy the various highly-skilled players who’ll be wanting the ball.”
    Is that a bad thing Florio? If it weren’t for your anti-vikes blasts, you wouldn’t even have your NBC Sports deal…

  24. backdapack10 says: Oct 16, 2010 2:29 PM

    1-3

  25. Wiscdave says: Oct 16, 2010 2:31 PM

    So, the preferred alternative is a bunch of slappies who don’t deserve the ball (if they could even catch it)? Troy Williamson, another former Viking, is available. Why didn’t they sign him instead of trading for Moss? He would be happy to have a paycheck at this point.

  26. scrapdawg12 says: Oct 16, 2010 3:03 PM

    I don’t think Rice comes back before the playoffs

  27. RaeCarruthless says: Oct 16, 2010 3:22 PM

    “Slowly jogged” with “minimal body movements”…sounds like Favre

  28. Someone says: Oct 16, 2010 3:42 PM

    blah blah blah same old comments same old people. I’m bored.

  29. RagnarTheBloodAxe says: Oct 16, 2010 5:08 PM

    Jaymar Johnson is throwing him passes because Favre is suffering from an elbow injury and sadly, the Vikings next best QB option happens to be Jaymar Johnson.
    I wish I were joking.

  30. Brewdogg says: Oct 16, 2010 5:43 PM

    # Kiss Bills Rings says: October 16, 2010 1:22 PM
    He won’t be worth playing till week 12 at the VERY SOONEST….even then he’ll probably be fairly rusty or limited….may not even be worth playing at all this year.
    ————————————————–
    Only matters if you are talking fantasy football. All I care about is that he’s back up to speed come playoff time. It doesn’t matter then, it’s all do or die, and I like the team the Vikings will be fielding.

  31. Hauschild says: Oct 16, 2010 6:50 PM

    “…it could become difficult to keep happy the various highly-skilled players who’ll be wanting the ball.”
    Or…
    “…it could prove impossible for any NFL defense to contain the Vikings offense for a single series, let alone an entire game.”

  32. Gophersnot says: Oct 16, 2010 6:56 PM

    This article has NOTHING to do with the GB Losers, yet Jimmy and the gang feel obligated to spew their misguided and unwanted rants. TROLLS.

  33. Bigbluefan says: Oct 16, 2010 6:57 PM

    By the time he gets back the viqueens will be 3-9 and packing for the move to LA Ziggy will be crying all the way back home to NJ. In his butt ugly purple plane. Can that plane make it from NJ to LA with refueling?
    Wishing the Maras or Tisches would have sold him the team he wanted. If he bought his PSL he will get to see the playoffs at the SwampII
    The only reason Brett wanted to go to the Viqueens is he heard about the great team boat rides.

  34. sand0 says: Oct 16, 2010 8:02 PM

    When the injury occured, most experts predicted week 9 – 11 as a likely return date. If he is off crutched and jogging then 4 weeks from now is reasonable.

  35. ScottyFargo says: Oct 16, 2010 10:11 PM

    Favre + Moss + Harvin + Rice + Shaincoe = Favre MVP & SUPER BOWL!!!

  36. JimmySmith says: Oct 16, 2010 10:21 PM

    @Gophersnot
    Call me any name you want, I have two numbers for you;
    1-3

  37. Gophersnot says: Oct 16, 2010 11:41 PM

    Jimmy-
    Instead of 2 numbers, I have two letters for you: F O

  38. Ambrose says: Oct 17, 2010 8:41 AM

    Pervy xx says: October 16, 2010 12:10 PM
    Moss,Rice,Harvin, Shank. Will easily be the best group in the NFL…hell,I could QB that bunch. Then add AD ? You other teams will be bringing knives to a gun fight..
    ————————————————————————–
    …uhhh…maybe you should get to .500 first.

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