Sidney Rice Practices
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Sidney Rice practiced on Wednesday for the first time since undergoing hip surgery in August. According to Judd Zulgad and Chip Scoggins of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, “Rice showed no obvious problems during the individual portion of practice that the media are allowed to watch. He ran routes full speed and was able to make cuts.”
Sidney Rice has one more hurdle to overcome, however. Although he is practicing, Rice has not been elevated to the 53-man active roster. Rice is allowed to participate in practice because he was taken off the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. The Vikings now have a three-week window to decide whether or not to activate Rice. At any time during those three weeks, the Vikings may choose to add Rice to the 53-man roster or end his season by placing him on injured-reserve.
Coincidentally, the Vikings do have an open roster spot following the departure of Randy Moss. Whether or not the team plans on filling that spot with Rice remains to be seen. When head coach Brad Childress was asked about a timetable for Rice’s return, Childress was vague.
“Obviously football’s a physical game, the pounding, running on the turf, the full-speed routes. We’ll just see how he comes through that. I don’t have a crystal ball.”
It’s all but certain that he will not play this week against the Arizona Cardinals, but the Vikings are looking forward to Rice’s return in the following weeks.