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Sidney Rice not a lock to play for Vikings again

The Vikings have been waiting all season for the return of receiver Sidney Rice. They might be waiting forever.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that it’s uncertain if Rice will play Sunday against the Packers, and if he doesn’t play and the Vikings lose, he might just shut it down for the season.

The Vikings have one more week to activate Rice from the physically unable to perform list or decide hold him out for the year. If the Vikings fall to 3-7 and four games behind the Packers, it might not make much sense to bring Rice back just so he can play out the string on a team that isn’t going anywhere.

Rice had hip surgery in August and started practicing two weeks ago. His hip has still been sore, and the Vikings apparently aren’t going to rush him back. With Rice becoming a free agent after the season, he could be done in Minnesota.

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  1. calloustongue says: Nov 17, 2010 9:18 AM

    I mean really, who would want to jump on that sinking ship?

    He’s a FA after this season, why risk injury for a team so clearly lost?

    Half the team gave up last week, so why shouldn’t he?

  2. FinFan68 says: Nov 17, 2010 9:22 AM

    If he doesn’t want to play because the team’s record isn’t good, that makes him a turd. He should have gotten the surgery in the offseason but didn’t…he waited until training camp so it did not interfere with his “off” time. There are a lot of guys with a similar attitude and work ethic and there are many people who find this type of thing acceptable. No morals, no ethics, no class.

  3. steelerdynasty2010 says: Nov 17, 2010 9:31 AM

    good call avoiding surgery in the off-season…wave goodbye as the ship sails away

  4. Matt-NC says: Nov 17, 2010 9:31 AM

    If I were in his shoes, I’d be thinking about taking a slower rehab process to ensure complete recovery.

    Team is looking at wildcard playoff birth at best. They have a lame duck coach and QB who will likely hang it up after he gets to 300 starts. I doubt his surgery would hurt his FA appeal much.

    At this point, why come back less than 100%?

  5. smoothjimmyapollo says: Nov 17, 2010 9:34 AM

    But, but, but, I thought things were going to be shaky at the start (4-1 at worst), but then once Rice got back combined with Harvin in his second year, the Vikings were going to be unstoppable. Then they picked up Moss and ZOMG! They would score a touchdown on every play. Nothing was going to stop the Vikings on their march to another all-important division championship. The Super Bowl trophy was practically just a formality at that point.

  6. cusoman says: Nov 17, 2010 9:34 AM

    Cyndi Rice is a bum, and any team looking at adding them to their roster when he becomes a free agent should know that he’s as tough as saran wrap. We’ve got the Old Man playing with countless injuries and Harvin playing on one leg and this gal and his buddy Bernardia have the audacity to sit out due to “soreness”. I think we all know where said soreness is REALLY coming from, and it must be that time of the month.

  7. yellowtruckguy says: Nov 17, 2010 9:34 AM

    The team better not pay him a dime for the rest of the season since he has been physically cleared to play but is choosing not too.
    Suck it up Cindy Rice!

  8. 4sacroc says: Nov 17, 2010 9:41 AM

    Rosenhaus staged this whole mess, electing to have Rice put off surgery until training camp, etc.

    It does Rice no good to come back this year. He could re-injure hip and there goes any leverage he has for new deal.

    Best to keep that 2009 resume highlight reel ready to go when season ends and he can shop his services.

    It is, after all, a “bidness.”

  9. ncsteve83 says: Nov 17, 2010 9:42 AM

    Rice was born in Gafney, SC

    He played his College ball at South Carolina.

    Time for a homecoming party. We need you opposite Steve Smith in Carolina. Speed and size, would be a great combo. And you would have the number one draft pick throwing to you next year. If Andrew Luck is near as good as Bradford, we would be instantly better with him and Rice. Hell, throw in Harbaugh with Luck and bring half of Stanford over here.

  10. sacram3ntal says: Nov 17, 2010 9:45 AM

    While this seems to be pure speculation, the fact that Rice’s agent is Drew Rosenhaus makes it seem pretty likely that Rice is at least considering this course of action.

    He’s bound to have a couple of soft games as he ramps back up from injury, and with so few games left, that could deflate his FA earning potential.

    Why not just present his strong 2009 numbers and declare himself 100% healthy and ready for camp (somehwere) next year?

    We’ll see. When it rains it pours, Vikes fans.

  11. jimmysee says: Nov 17, 2010 9:47 AM

    Another shoe drops (how many shoes are there?)

  12. goombar2 says: Nov 17, 2010 9:56 AM

    Does this mean they’re actually going to go with the playoff system this year? I could have sworn, by the way the viking fans talked trash they were handing the Lombardi trophy to the vikes?

    By the way, if you believe Favre is injured in any way, I got some great ocean view property in Arizona. You’ll have to pay a little more than in say Cali, but you gotta lot of competition from everyone in Minny -ha -ha…

    I just find it amazing Favre can jump up and down on a broken ankle when celebrating but after every new Int, there’s a new injury? Just amazing how he fights through it!

  13. norings4u says: Nov 17, 2010 10:04 AM

    Why did all the Viking fans, including Florio, think Rice would come back at 100% and pick up where he left off last year?

  14. micko14 says: Nov 17, 2010 10:05 AM

    when you think about it,it shows what a terrible bunch of coaches and staff the vikings have rice should have had surgery when last season ended. but did’nt then he has it right before the season begins(moron,gutless)now hes too sore to play.what a bunch of boloni we traded for moss cause your sorry ass was not healthy.oh and a third round pick which the patriots will put to good use i amsure whoever they draft will be a stud.

  15. thuneyrawk says: Nov 17, 2010 10:08 AM

    Explain to me why a team who shelled out big bucks for Favre to come back and threw 3.5 million at Randy Moss as a “hope and see” type of experiment wouldn’t shell out some dollars to give Rice a new contract when they only have Percy, Garbage (Berrian), Camarillio, and Baskett currently on the roster at WR???

  16. wilsonphillipsgroupie says: Nov 17, 2010 10:16 AM

    ncsteve83 says:

    Time for a homecoming party. We need you opposite Steve Smith in Carolina. Speed and size, would be a great combo. And you would have the number one draft pick throwing to you next year. If Andrew Luck is near as good as Bradford, we would be instantly better with him and Rice. Hell, throw in Harbaugh with Luck and bring half of Stanford over here.

    ————————————————
    While we’re playing make believe, the Panthers should pick up Peyton Manning, Adrian Peterson, and the entire Pittsburgh Defense.

  17. infectorman says: Nov 17, 2010 10:30 AM

    he’d look darn good catching 56 yard bombs from T. Brady

  18. 4sacroc says: Nov 17, 2010 10:36 AM

    thuneyrawk says:
    Nov 17, 2010 10:08 AM

    Explain to me why a team who shelled out big bucks for Favre to come back and threw 3.5 million at Randy Moss as a “hope and see” type of experiment wouldn’t shell out some dollars to give Rice a new contract when they only have Percy, Garbage (Berrian), Camarillio, and Baskett currently on the roster at WR???

    ===========

    The Favre shakedown contract, and Moss “rental” are exactly why Vikes WILL NOT throw money at Rice until they know he is 100% healthy.

    You also will need a QB in 2011. And there are a bunch of UFA’s on that roster beginning Jan. 3.

  19. sparks242 says: Nov 17, 2010 10:47 AM

    Sydney you’re healthier than half the team. Get out play. You had 1 good year!!

    What do the other players think when they see Syd working out just fine, and they are in there busting their butt’s .

    If he doesn’t play, Vikes should just cut him loose.

  20. falstaff1962 says: Nov 17, 2010 10:58 AM

    Don’t let anyone kid you. The Vikings will blow this team up after the season and start over. That means a new coach, new staff, and probably 40 new guys on the roster. Sidney and Brett and Fat Pat and a whole bunch of other underachieving guys will be retiring or shown the curb.

  21. kennyrogerschicken says: Nov 17, 2010 11:07 AM

    4sacroc –

    Right on all counts. The Vikings are going to look pretty different next year, and, outside of Peterson, aren’t going to be very good.

  22. jimmysee says: Nov 17, 2010 11:14 AM

    “You also will need a QB in 2011. And there are a bunch of UFA’s on that roster beginning Jan. 3.

    That attitude is exactly why this team is in deep doo-doo.

    The Vikings need to develop their own QB, not pay way too much for someone else’s old retread.

    If the Packers beat the Vikings on Sunday, the fat lady has sung.

    It is time for Brett to go on injured reserve and start Joe Webb for the rest of the season — at least then, come the end of the year, they’d have some idea what they have in the kid.

    This from a lifelong Packers fan.

  23. ugk612 says: Nov 17, 2010 11:26 AM

    Rice screwed himself and the team this season.’09 was his 3rd season and it was the first one worth mentioning. Putting off surgery was a big mistake, you’re supposed to justify getting a new contract, not have one good season out of three and then try to request a new deal. If the Vikes don’t resign him some team will over pay for his services.

  24. jimmysee says: Nov 17, 2010 11:32 AM

    The great irony of the NFC Central this year is that back in September, it looked like Lovie Smith’s job was on the hot seat, it was time to start over with the Bears, and the Vikings had all but wrapped up the Super Bowl.

    Remember that?!

  25. cleonslamminsalmon says: Nov 17, 2010 11:33 AM

    another non-story from a bad team.
    I believe fat pat said he wanted to play for a couple more years. Hilarious.

  26. 4sacroc says: Nov 17, 2010 12:00 PM

    Bears will be in this thing till the end because they play defense and get it done on special teams …

    Lot like 2000 Ravens who had a so-so offense but their defense created opportunities …

    Plus, Bears go to banged -up Miami Thursday and get Eagles, Pats and Jets at home.

    10 wins takes division and most likely only one team coming out of “NFC Central.”

  27. mnmaverick says: Nov 17, 2010 12:13 PM

    I think he’s over-rated. Outside of last year, he hadn’t done anything. He’s always had injury issues. An NFL receiver with hip issues is kind of a lost cause.

  28. majikbullet says: Nov 17, 2010 12:15 PM

    When are people going to realize it is no longer than NFC Central but the NFC North???

    Back to the subject though, who cares…..the vikes lose 1 more game the rest of the year and they are done, my guess they will lose atleast 2 more division games, giants, and eagles. My best guess is 6-10….with any luck 7-9…..so why are we talking about an irrelevent franchise? Oh yeah, cause BrINT brings the drama!

  29. stixzidinia says: Nov 17, 2010 12:18 PM

    Why should Rice jeapardize his career for a team that didn’t go to bat for him? This same team paid Favre extra to miss camp and didn’t offer up any financial security to the guy who made Favre look alot better than he was last year. I wouldn’t put my career on the line to play meaningless games either. Vikes are DONE.

  30. thejuddstir says: Nov 17, 2010 12:34 PM

    “Police: Wis. man shoots TV after Palin dance
    Prosecutors say a rural Wisconsin man blasted his TV with a shotgun after watching Bristol Palin’s “Dancing with the Stars” routine, sparking an all-night standoff with a SWAT team. Updated 10:14 AM
    ———————————————–
    Only in Wisconsin, LOL…….now I suppose the dude will go to the welfare office to get money to buy a new tv to watch the packers.

  31. favreflavoredwaffles says: Nov 17, 2010 12:48 PM

    Favre has pulled this crap for 7 + years….

    He just better hope Clay Mathews doesn’t put his lights out this weekend…God knows ESPN will have commercial free coverage of Favre to the locker room or elsewhere, and with more cameras than what followed JFK to hospital in Dallas.

  32. Matt-NC says: Nov 17, 2010 12:50 PM

    vikings death rattle. But still a very dangerous team to play this Sunday. Green Bay needs to bring their A-game.

  33. commandercornpone says: Nov 17, 2010 12:52 PM

    there wouldnt be enough balls for moss, rice, harvin and peterson. especially when favre would have to dump off to shiancoe and FB very often in order to not meet more myron pryors.

    moss has to be it all. diva.

  34. bowis21 says: Nov 17, 2010 12:53 PM

    Last time I checked it was the NFC North.. GO PACK

  35. wewantchillywilly says: Nov 17, 2010 12:55 PM

    Vikings have done a lot of stupid things, but they will NOT let Rice enter free agency. They will sign him to a deal.

  36. realitypolice says: Nov 17, 2010 12:57 PM

    kennyrogerschicken says:
    Nov 17, 2010 11:07 AM
    4sacroc –

    Right on all counts. The Vikings are going to look pretty different next year, and, outside of Peterson, aren’t going to be very good.
    ======================

    How would that be different from this year?

  37. 28purple4mvp says: Nov 17, 2010 1:02 PM

    for the people who dont understand waivers-he was claimed by the titans they pay his contract-the vikings are on the hook for 3 weeks-you claim someone on waivers-u pay there contract-now if he would have not been picked up on waivers the viks would have to pay-and he could sign for leauge min anywhere if not picked up on waivers-so no the vikings did not spend 3.5 mil on that turd-but they do have to pay grandpa

  38. hockey64 says: Nov 17, 2010 1:39 PM

    Agent Drew Rosethenhose has hosed both Atari Bigby and Sydney Rice by advising them to postpone surgery, score a big contract and then have surgery. Backfired big time for both.

    If Rice is cleared to play and chooses not to then the Vikings should choose not to pay him.

  39. clayswife says: Nov 17, 2010 1:52 PM

    The Cowgirls’ loss to GB got Wade outta D-town…… it would be fantastic if this Sunday’s loss to the Pack gets Chilly ousted, too. We are such a kind and giving team… hahaha

  40. norings4u says: Nov 17, 2010 2:27 PM

    Minnesota elected Jesse Ventura and Al Franken.

  41. jimmy1smith says: Nov 17, 2010 9:46 PM

    Rice has a grand total of one good year, so let the Vikings overpay to keep him. They overpaid for Berrian, they overpaid for Favre, keep the streak going.

  42. cusoman says: Nov 17, 2010 11:39 PM

    jimmy1smith says: Nov 17, 2010 9:46 PM

    Rice has a grand total of one good year, so let the Vikings overpay to keep him. They overpaid for Berrian, they overpaid for Favre, keep the streak going.

    ——————–

    Why does that matter? There’s no salary cap and it’s coming out of Wilf’s pocket, not yours, not mine.

  43. ruvelligwebuike says: Nov 18, 2010 11:57 AM

    “Police: Wis. man shoots TV after Palin dance
    Prosecutors say a rural Wisconsin man blasted his TV with a shotgun after watching Bristol Palin’s “Dancing with the Stars” routine, sparking an all-night standoff with a SWAT team. Updated 10:14 AM”
    —————

    Well, I couldn’t get good reception and that dance WAS horrible…don’t judge me.

  44. kennyrogerschicken says: Nov 20, 2010 3:55 PM

    realitypolice –

    Well played!

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