Report: Vikings WR Sidney Rice Could Miss Half The Season

Some preseasons give you the warm and fuzzies about your team’s prospects.

For Vikings fans, this hasn’t been one of them.

The latest in what seems to be an endless supply of obstacles for the Vikings to hurdle is a report that Sidney Rice “appears likely” to have belated surgery performed on his hip.

This is the same hip injury that Rice reportedly suffered during the Vikings NFC Championship loss to the Saints.  Rice supposedly sought the advice of three specialists during the offseason, at least two of which told him to have the surgery.  He opted to avoid it, however, and attended the team’s offseason activities.  If he would have had the surgery months ago like he was advised, then he would probably be returning to practice right about this time, if not sooner.

Now, the Vikings may be without their only 1,000 yard receiver since Nate Burleson’s 2004 season for half the season.

This timing is going to annoy fans considering that it appears this problem could have already been solved.

And for the conspiracy theorists in the room, this may shed some light on why the Vikings chose to make such a sudden and aggressive effort to get Brett Favre to commit to playing last week.  If the Vikings knew that Favre’s favorite target wasn’t going to be healthy in 2010, they may have wanted to get him in the house before the news hit.  After all, if Favre hadn’t committed to playing yet, we would all be talking about how the news of Rice’s likely surgery would affect Favre Watch.

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