NFC head coach Andy Reid declared Rice's absence unexcused, which was why the NFL fined Tampa Bay's 2002 sack leader $4,000.
Rice was not the only player that skipped out on Friday's session. San Francisco wide receiver Terrell Owens was also a no-show. The NFL also fined Owens $4,000 for the unexcused absence.
When finally located in his hotel room, Rice reportedly told officials that he was sick and in bed. Rice is still expected to start at right defensive end for the NFC in the Pro Bowl.
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