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Vikings don’t activate Sidney Rice

Vikings coach Brad Childress made it clear all week that Sidney Rice’s availability on Sunday would be up to Rice.  It looks like the fourth-year wide receiver doesn’t feel ready.

Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that the Vikings did not add Rice to their active roster on Saturday.   Rice will remain on the PUP list for now and his season debut will have to wait at least one more week.

The news is discouraging for an inconsistent Vikings passing game.   The Bears have one of the toughest defenses in football to pass against (1st in YPA allowed; 5 TDs allowed/11 picks) and the weather could be nasty in Chicago.   Look for an extra helping of Adrian Peterson on Sunday.

Wide receivers Bernard Berrian and Percy Harvin are both listed as questionable, but they are expected to start.

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14 Responses to “Vikings don’t activate Sidney Rice”
  1. whatsitlikehere says: Nov 13, 2010 6:15 PM

    Probably Childress’s fault.

  2. mataug says: Nov 13, 2010 6:16 PM

    “The Bears have one of the toughest defenses in football to pass against”

    chicago’s pass defense is ranked #19 in yards, #25 in sacks, #18 in completion percentage

    in fact it is their rushing defense that has been very good this season(#3 in fewest rushing yards & YPA)

    so tell me how exactly are they one of the toughest defenses in football to pass against ?

  3. Rex Grossman says: Nov 13, 2010 6:40 PM

    Listen, we’re 5-3 right now. We have a good football team. We’ll put our 11 guys out there and they’ll play. Doesn’t matter who the other 11 guys are out there. Each guy is a guy and our guys are gonna play no matter what. Sidney Rice is a good football player. But our guys are good football players too. I’m not gonna sit down here on my chair and spend time thinking about one player. There’s 11 guys out there we need to focus on. We’re confident in our group of guys and we will learn a lot about our football team this Sunday next question

    “Are you concerned about protecting Jay Cutler from the Vikings fierce defense?”

    Listen, we’re 5-3 right now. We have a good football team. We’ll put our 11 guys out there and they’ll play. Doesn’t matter who the other 11 guys are out there. Each guy is a guy and our guys are gonna play no matter what. Jared Allen is a good football player. But our guys are good football players too. I’m not gonna sit down here on my chair and spend time thinking about one guy. There’s 11 guys out there we need to focus on. We’re confident in our group of guys and we will learn a lot about our football team this Sunday next question

  4. rhodeislandpatriotsfan says: Nov 13, 2010 6:49 PM

    Wasn’t it just reported that Rice was “expected’ to make his 2010 debut tomorrow against “Da Bears?”

    All of this smacks of more Childress pre-game gamesmanship “alla Lord Favre,” as in Week 8 with the Patriots. And we all know how well that worked out for the Vikes.

    Despite the fact that I would relish watching Cutler get sacked at least a half-dozen times, here’s to hoping that “Da Bears” win, thereby facilitating further Favre’s and Childress’ exit stage left.

  5. stellarperformance says: Nov 13, 2010 6:50 PM

    I would rather have his first game back be against the Packers anyway. He’ll be rusty and intimidated when Favre is forced to release the ball to him too soon…knowing he is about to get blasted.

  6. yepimgr8 says: Nov 13, 2010 6:53 PM

    Guaranteed Brad messed it up.

  7. charleswoodson says: Nov 13, 2010 7:20 PM

    He’ll be ready for Green Bay, or, if not, soon — because he’s playing for “The Contract”…..meaning he’ll want at least $8-$10 million bonus guaranteed as an UNrestricted free agent after the season.

    BTW, he’d be silly to re-sign with MN because there’s no Franchise QB to throw to him there in 2011.

    Better to bring his services to South Beach or somewhere else.

    In addition, MN is likely to have a new head coach.

  8. jimmy1smith says: Nov 13, 2010 7:24 PM

    Great, should the Bears win, the CryQueen fans will have this at the top of their excuse list. They always have an excuse list, differs from loss to loss but it is serves as a crutch for 49 going on 50 seasons without a Superbowl win.

  9. favrelous says: Nov 13, 2010 7:44 PM

    Rice has basically used his injury to hold out because the vikes would not extend his contract.

    If the vikes lose I hope they put him on IR.

  10. commandercornpone says: Nov 13, 2010 8:35 PM

    i will take the point

  11. conormacleod says: Nov 13, 2010 8:52 PM

    he’s playing for “The Contract”…

    Actually, he’s “not playing” during a contract year. He did nothing all summer, came to camp injured, and then decided to have surgery as the season was about to start. He’s an idiot who clearly is not in any hurry to play football.

    He said he is “sore” after practicing all week. Oh really? Well guess what Sir Sidney? Those that have been playing all year are also sore. Only they are sore from laying it on the line every single Sunday with their teammates while you have done nothing this year! Jackass!

  12. favrelous says: Nov 13, 2010 10:42 PM

    A 3-5 team with an excuse? Dude, if you think one wr in a single game could be an excuse you r an idiot. Well u r an idiot.

  13. rgledz says: Nov 14, 2010 3:16 AM

    There’s jimmy1smith again……biggest Vikings fan on this site. He cares so much about the team that he comments about every post. Don’t worry jimmy, we’ll pull one out tomorrow. Nobody cares about the Vikes as much as you! Skol Vikings!! Skol jimmy1smith!!

  14. starderup says: Nov 14, 2010 10:28 AM

    So they go from ‘Pretty sucky’ to ‘Very sucky’?

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