Report: Sidney Rice has hip surgery, likely will miss half the season
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The saga of Sidney Rice's hip apparently has taken a turn for the worse.
The Star Tribune reported late Monday night that Rice had the hip examined recently at the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colo., and there is "a very good chance" the Minnesota Vikings' top receiver will undergo surgery that would sideline him for half the season. Rice confirmed to the Star Tribune on Tuesday morning he had the surgery on Monday.
Rice raised eyebrows last week when he backed off his pledge that he would be ready for the regular-season opener Sept. 9, saying his status remained "up in the air." He's been on the active/physically unable to perform list since the start of training camp and only recently tried to run a few routes after practice.
His absence for an extended stretch will leave Percy Harvin -- who has been dealing with issues of his own -- as the No. 1 receiver, with Bernard Berrian and Greg Lewis behind him. Logan Payne has been next in line of late, and the Vikings reportedly planned to sign veteran Javon Walker on Monday.
The timing of the surgery will raise plenty of eyebrows, since Rice has acknowledged multiple doctors recommended surgery -- at least one of them after he experienced issues with the hip at June's minicamp.
The exact nature of the injury -- which Rice originally sustained in January's NFC playoffs -- never has been revealed. Rice has said he has no trouble with straightline running but experiences pain when he cuts and comes in and out of breaks.
Harvin is expected to be in uniform when practice resumes on Tuesday morning. Whether Rice is in his usual place as a spectator remains to be seen.