One of the only negatives to come out of the Seattle Seahawks 58-0 romp over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday was a bruised foot suffered by leading receiver Sidney Rice.
Rice took a wicked blow from Cardinals safety Rashad Johnson midway through the fourth quarter that he emerged unscathed from. Instead, it’s a simple bruise that kept him out of practice on Wednesday. Rice was wearing a walking boot on Wednesday and head coach Pete Carroll said it was a possibility he wouldn’t be able to play Sunday in Toronto against the Buffalo Bills.
“We’ll see what happens,” Carroll said. “He’s improved quite a bit since game day the last couple of days, but he’s got a pretty sore foot. He’s got the x-rays and MRIs and all of that and we didn’t find anything that would keep him from playing. He just has to get back. He’s feeling really sore right now.”
Carroll said Rice wasn’t even sure exactly how the injury occurred, but that he woke up Monday with it causing him pain.
“He didn’t even know when it happened,” Carroll said. “He’s had a sore toe all season so we originally though that it was just that, we kind of misinterpreted the signs, and then Monday morning he woke up with a pretty sore foot. So we didn’t even know it was coming.”
If Rice can’t play Sunday, the Seahawks will have to rely on someone to step up and pick up the slack. Carroll said that Charly Martin will be relied upon to fill Rice’s role with Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse likely getting opportunities as well.
For the season, Rice has compiled 45 catches for 658 yards and seven touchdowns.
Cornerback Marcus Trufant (hamstring), safety Kam Chancellor (groin) and defensive end Red Bryant (foot) all did not practice on Wednesday for Seattle. Running back Marshawn Lynch (back) and cornerback Walter Thurmond (hamstring) were limited.