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Sidney Rice has healthy hip, in best shape of his life, agent says

Sidney Rice has healthy hip, in best shape of his life, agent says

by Tom Pelissero
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For the second straight summer, Drew Rosenhaus has spoken out on Twitter about Sidney Rice's health. This time, the superagent brings good news -- or something like that.

Rosenhaus tweeted on Monday afternoon that he "(j)ust got destroyed by Sid Rice in (four) 300(-yard) shuttles. Any doubt regarding his hip injury is erased. He is in the best shape healthwise ever!"

That Rice could beat his 44-year-old agent in a footrace isn't exactly news. But the message -- Rice is healthy -- is notable in large part because the 24-year-old receiver's balky hip has been the subject of speculation for nearly a year.

Last July, Rosenhaus defended Rice after his absence from a summer camp run by former NFL receiver Cris Carter, tweeting that his client "does have a lingering hip injury that he suffered in the play-offs. Sidney does not anticipate that this injury will require surgery and he's hopeful that he will be fully healthy for the start of the season."

Instead, Rice was placed on the physically unable to perform list at the start of training camp, underwent surprise surgery in late August and ended up playing in only five games for the Minnesota Vikings, recording 17 catches for 280 yards and two touchdowns amid speculation he was unhappy with his contract.

Speculation surfaced after the season Rice still has trouble with the hip and may have an arthritic condition, although the Vikings have maintained publicly they're not concerned.

A four-year veteran, Rice received the first-round restricted tender in February. But the next labor agreement may make him an unrestricted free agent and Rosenhaus has said Rice plans to test the market.

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