Sidney Rice comes off PUP list; team now has 3 weeks to evaluate
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- On a day defined by talk about a receiver who's no longer with the Minnesota Vikings, there was positive news about one who's still around.
Sidney Rice was activated from the reserve/physically unable to perform list on Wednesday, opening the three-week window in which the Vikings can evaluate him in practice and decide when to move him to the 53-man roster.
"He was out at the walkthrough," coach Brad Childress said of Rice, who missed all of training camp with a hip injury before undergoing surgery on Aug. 23.
"As with other people who come off that (PUP list), everybody heals differently. He's got three weeks for us to activate him. We'll just see how he progresses here. He's done everything that he can do from a rehabilitation standpoint."
And Rice looked surprisingly good during the portion of practice were allowed to watch, as he ran a series of routes and cut at full-speed. Childress said Rice would work with the scout team during team drills for now.
The three-week roster exemption means the Vikings can move him to the active roster anytime before Nov. 24, four days before a game at Washington. But the early returns suggest Rice could return sooner.
"There's a conditioning aspect that's got to be met," Childress said. "Obviously, football's a physical game, the pounding, the running on the turf, the full-speed routes. We'll just see how he comes through that. ... I don't have a crystal ball. We'll just see what he can do by the end of the week."
Childress said he anticipates Hank Baskett -- who has been inactive since Moss' arrival -- being in the mix on Sunday against Arizona, too.
"We'll elevate his turns and get him in the mix," Childress said. "He'll help us there and he'll help us on special teams."