Sidney Rice vows to be ready to go in training camp

His agent revealed a secret that nearly made it through the entire offseason on Thursday when Drew Rosenhaus tweeted that Sidney Rice was dealing with a “lingering hip” injury suffered during the playoffs more than six months ago.

This out-of-the-blue announcement came on the heels of NFL analyst and former Vikings wide receiver Cris carter calling out the current Vikings wide receiver for not showing up for Larry Fitzgerald’s informal camp at the University of Minnesota. It was a brutal and frank assessment by Carter.

“I don't know what it's like to have one good year and then disappear,” Carter said. “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 (last year), he should have been here today.”

It was a somewhat startling defense of Rice by Rosenhaus because no one knew he was injured, and it’s at least a little concerning as Rice told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that doctors have recommended he “rest it as much as possible right now.” What are doctors going to be saying three weeks from now? How about in early September?

“Everything is all right," Rice told the Star Ttribune. "I'll be ready to go at camp.”

Rice wouldn’t share any real details about the injury at the end of his breakout season. Apparently the hip injury is why he backed out of the Pro Bowl the week after the Vikings lost in the NFC Championship Game. It’s surprising because he fully participated in minicamp in June.

“It's not bad," Rice said. "Just being cautious with it. I can run. I'm jogging and sprinting. I'm just not doing a lot of cutting and different things like that. The doctors feel this is the best thing.”

That brings us to two possible conclusions. Either Rice has an injury that should be of concern heading into the 2010 season or Rosenhaus jumped the gun with a defense that might not have been necessary. After all, who really cares if Rice isn’t at Fitzgerald’s camp in the second week of July? Vikings fans are hoping for the latter.

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