Brad Childress Issues Ultimatum; Sidney Rice Tells ESPN He Will Play
And so the plot thickens.
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Sidney Rice has missed the entire 2010 season following offseason hip surgery. Technically, the Vikings have until Wednesday of next week to make a decision on Rice; however, speaking with reporters yesterday, head coach Brad Childress offered a Green Bay-or-bust scenario to his talented receiver.
“He’s not going to do any more between now and Tuesday,” said Childress. “We’re either putting him up for Sunday or putting him down on Tuesday.”
Following Childress’ statement, reporters sought out Rice in the locker room. Rice said he was aware of Childress’ statement but declined 3 interview requests from local reporters. Rice did, however, oblige ESPN’s Ed Werder’s request for an interview an hour later.
“I’m going to play,” Rice told Werder. “I don’t think I can go the whole game but I’m going to play as much as I can.”
As the Vikings welcome back one of last season’s top playmakers, the entire team will look to refocus and salvage what’s left of a disappointing season. A win against arch-rival Green Bay would only count as one win in the record book but would mean far more to a team struggling to find an identity.