It's official: Sidney Rice activated
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Now comes the interesting part.
The Minnesota Vikings activated Sidney Rice from the reserve/physically unable to perform list on Saturday, one day after the Pro Bowl receiver said he planned to make his season debut on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.
No one is more curious to see how Rice fares than the Vikings, who were prepared to activate him one week ago until Rice balked. He missed more than three months of reps while dealing with a hip injury that required surgery in late August.
It's unknown whether Rice might start, but his workload is certain to be limited. The Vikings had until 3 p.m. Saturday to make the move official and have Rice available for Sunday, and coach Brad Childress made clear on Friday that Rice would be placed on injured reserve if he again said he wasn't ready.
The Vikings didn't have to make a corresponding roster move because they've been holding a spot for Rice on the 53-man roster since cutting Randy Moss earlier this month.