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Sidney Rice vs. Cris Carter

July 9, 2010

It’s no secret that Cris Carter likes to speaks his mind. I suppose being controversial, coupled with the fact you were a pretty good football player, is how you land a commentating job at the Entertainment Sports Programming Network.

Attending yesterday’s workout session with Larry Fitzgerald and other players at the University of Minnesota, Cris Carter once again spoke his mind. Here was Carter’s response when Chip Scoggins of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune asked about Vikings’ receiver Sidney Rice’s absence from this year’s camp:

I don’t know. You have to ask him [Rice]. I don’t know what it’s like to have one good year and then disappear. I don’t know what it’s like. That’s on him. I really don’t know. … If I had that kind of impact on him [at last year’s camp] he should have been here today.

There are few ways to interpret these comments. You could argue that Carter is trying to motivate Rice, or you could say that Carter is opening his mouth without knowing the entire story. The folks over at The Viking Age believe it’s the latter.

Of course, Carter’s main agenda here is to make Cris Carter look good. Cris wants to take at least partial credit for Rice’s improvement last year, and slamming Rice for not partaking of the camp this year is his way of doing that.

As it turns out, The Viking Age may have been on the right track. Or at least they were on to the fact that Rice’s absence had nothing to do with his lack of motivation. In fact, chatter began to rise yesterday that Sidney Rice had undergone surgery for a groin issue; however, Sidney Rice’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, shot down rumors that Rice had surgery, but did reveal that Rice was recovering from a hip injury (Hat Tip to Vikings Gab for the link):

Sidney Rice does not have a groin injury and has not had surgery. He does have a lingering hip injury that he suffered in the play-offs.

As any good reporter does, Chip Scoggins went straight to the source. He called Sidney Rice to confirm the hip injury.

“Everything is all right,” Rice said in a phone conversation. “I’ll be ready to go at camp.”

Rice also told Scoggins that his doctor recommended rest for the hip injury. However, Rice went on to say that he had been doing some pool work to stay in shape and that he is able to do some “jogging and sprinting.”

All in all, this doesn’t seem like a serious injury. However, the fourth year receiver out of South Carolina missed 3 games in each of his first two seasons because of knee, hamstring, and ankle injuries. Last season was the first time he played in all 16 games and also his first season to earn Pro Bowl honors.

Overall, this seems to be a classic case of offseason drama. It doesn’t sound like any of this will matter come training camp.

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