Vikings finally promote Sidney Rice to 53-man roster

In one of the final days the Minnesota Vikings had to activate wide receiver Sidney Rice, the team finally promoted him from the physically unable to perform list to the 53-man roster.

Rice is expected to play Sunday when the Vikings host the Green Bay Packers at the Metrodome. He’s missed the team’s first nine games as he recovers from hip surgery this summer, a procedure he pushed off to a time that didn’t help the team.

There was speculation that Rice would shut it down for the 2010 season with the goal being to get to the bargaining table where his biggest chip would be the 83-catch, 1,312-yard season he had a year ago. Rice was Brett Favre’s favorite target a year ago and without him the team explored a trade for Vincent Jackson and then rented Randy Moss for four games.

The Vikings had until Wednesday to promote Rice. There were expectations he would play last week vs. the Chicago Bears, but he sat out.

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