Sidney Rice should be ready for next season despite hip injury

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Last season the Minnesota Vikings burst onto the scene and quickly became one of the best teams in the league after future Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre decided to get some revenge against his former team in the Green Bay Packers by putting on the once hated purple jersey and having arguably the best season of his NFL career.

Not only were the Minnesota Vikings an extremely talented football team on the defensive side of the pigskin before Favre decided to make his comeback, but they also had arguably the best running game in the league with the combination of Adrian Peterson and Chester Taylor in the backfield. Along with having one of the best running backs in the game in Peterson, the Vikings also had a wide receiver that literally came out of nowhere and quickly became one of the top wideouts in the league.

Obviously, any wide receiver or tight end that has Brett Favre behind center will instantly get more involved in the offense, but last season unknown wideout Sidney Rice went from a nobody to a possible perennial Pro Bowler.

With 83 receptions, 1,312 receiving yards and eight touchdowns Sidney Rice quickly became Brett Favre’s favorite target in the Minnesota Vikings offense last season as the two connected on big plays all season long. Not only did Favre turn Rice into another primetime receiver in this league, but they were arguably the most dynamic quarterback/wide receiver duo in the NFL last season and will look to continue their success heading into the upcoming season.

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The future of Sidney Rice leans heavily on the return of Brett Favre, which is still uncertain, but with reports of the Pro Bowl quarterback already throwing passes to high school players in Mississippi; his return looks highly likely once again. With Favre back behind center, the Minnesota Vikings will be legitimate Super Bowl title contenders once again in the NFC Conference and Rice could have yet another career year.

Even though everything in Minnesota seems to be leading towards another successful season for the Vikings with a possible Super Bowl appearance on the horizon, Pro Bowl wide receiver Sidney Rice is still suffering from a an ailing hip injury that he sustained during the playoffs last season.

Despite Rice’s injury being an obvious concern for the Minnesota Vikings, as they could quite possibly contend for a Super Bowl title next season, reportedly the injury isn’t something that will keep him off the gridiron to start the upcoming season.

Sidney Rice’s agent Drew Rosenhaus recently tweeted about his client’s injury saying that his hip injury will not require surgery and he is hopeful that Rice will be on the receiving ends of Brett Favre’s passes to start the season against the New Orleans Saints.

Ironically enough, the Minnesota Vikings last game was in the NFC championship against Drew Brees and company. This will be without a doubt the most anticipated game in week one, but if Rice can’t go, it will drastically change the outcome of this NFC battle.

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