Sidney Rice’s first season with the Seahawks has come to an early end.
Coach Pete Carroll announced Wednesday that Rice will be placed on injured reserve as a result of the concussion he suffered in Sunday’s loss to the Redskins. It was the second concussion in three weeks for Rice, who also missed two games at the start of the season because of a shoulder injury.
“We’re just trying to do the right thing and protect our guy,” Carroll said. “We love him and he’s a great kid in the program. We know he won’t get hurt again, so we’ll get him strong and ready for next year.”
When Rice became a free agent this offseason, his durability was a big concern after he missed most of 2010 thanks to a hip injury. That injury turned out not to be a problem, although the fears about Rice’s ability to stay healthy for a full season came to fruition. Rice is only 25, so he still has time to erase the injury-prone label but he’ll have to wait until 2012 to start that process.
Rice finishes the year with 32 catches for 484 yards and two touchdowns. Doug Baldwin, Ben Obomanu and Mike Williams will be the leading targets for Tarvaris Jackson over the rest of the season.