Seattle hopes healthy Sidney Rice can jump-start offense

Sidney Rice will make his debut for the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday after a shoulder injury forced the wide receiver to the sideline for the last two weeks.

The sagging Seahawks offense needs a boost and the hope is the big free-agent catch can provide just that.

"We've had in mind that he'd be a huge factor for us," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said, according to Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times. “And help other guys get open and help the running game and all of that because you've got to pay attention to him, he's that good of a player.”

The Seahawks have scored only 17 points and the offense has consistently been bogged down.

"I felt great all week," said Rice, who landed a $41 million, five-year contract. "I'm just ready to get to Sunday and get out there and play ball."

The real question right now for the Seahawks is when they'll acquire a quarterback with a future to throw the ball to Rice.

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