Notebook: Sidney Rice says hip is fine, expects to play entire game
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings receiver Sidney Rice played 51 snaps in his season debut, and he doesn't see his workload decreasing on Sunday at Washington, despite reduced practice time and a questionable listing on the injury report.
"I basically played the whole game last week," Rice said on Friday, "so I don't look to take any steps down."
Rice sat out Thursday's practice to rest his surgically repaired hip and was limited on Friday. But Rice and Vikings interim coach Leslie Frazier downplayed the situation, with Frazier saying he thinks Rice "is going to be fine."
Said Rice, "It didn't bother me Monday, Tuesday, anything like that. Came out Wednesday, pushed it, pushed it a little bit in practice and was just a little sore and Coach gave me the day off (Thursday)."
Rice also doesn't anticipate having his practice reps limited on a regular basis. He needs all the work he can get with quarterback Brett Favre, who threw Rice's direction 10 times in Sunday's loss to Green Bay and connected only three times for 56 yards.
"I want to practice," Rice said. "I want to do us as much as I can, because practice helps you prepare for the game."
Frazier said snapping the Vikings' nine-game road losing streak is priority "numero uno," but he doesn't think tweaking the team's travel schedule would help.
For a Sunday game, the Vikings usually hold a mock game on Saturday morning, then go to the airport and depart in the early- to mid-afternoon.
"Some people think, well, if you change the time of departure or you change the time of meetings or just a bunch of different things you can possibly do (it would help)," Frazier said. "But I've emphasized to them that we've got to do a better job on the road of protecting the football and taking the ball away. If we can do those two things and handle field position with our special teams, we'll get this thing turned as a group."
The NFL fined receiver Greg Camarillo $5,000 for a low block in Sunday's loss to the Packers.
Camarillo was trying to chase down Green Bay cornerback Tramon Williams after an interception in the second quarter when he rolled awkwardly into linebacker A.J. Hawk's legs.
The resulting 15-yard penalty helped set up a Packers touchdown.
Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said he texted back and forth on Thursday night with Brad Childress, who was fired as Vikings' coach on Monday.
"I think he's being strong. He's got to be strong for his family," Bevell said. "But it hurts. Anytime that you're in a situation where he was, it hurts your pride a little bit, I'm sure. But all you can do is move forward."
• The Vikings worked out DE Maurice Fountain, who spent the fall with the UFL's Hartford Colonials. ProFootballTalk.com reported the Vikings also worked out RB Lorenzo Booker earlier in the week but balked at signing him because of the UFL's $150,000 transfer fee.
• Following the firing of coach Brad Childress, Frazier said he shares final say over the 53-man roster with Rick Spielman, the Vikings' vice president of player personnel. "We talk every day about what we have to get done for our roster," Frazier said.
• Friday's practice was one of the Vikings' best, Frazier said. "Friday sometimes is a tough day, because guys are -- especially after Thanksgiving -- they've kind of checked out sometimes mentally," Frazier said. "But that wasn't the case (Friday), so I'm anxious to see how they end up performing on Sunday."
• QB Brett Favre's throwing shoulder appeared on the injury report for the first time this week. "Just in talking with him, I think he's going to be fine," Frazier said. "We'll have to monitor."