Rice proclaims himself healthy

Sidney Rice was expected have a breakout season in 2008, but a knee injury hampered him badly, limiting him to just 16 receptions. But he reported on his blog Wednesday that he is pain-free and ready to go for 2009.

Sidney Rice broke some news on his blog page (sidneyrice18.com) Wednesday, pronouncing himself physically fit for the first time in almost a year.

On the blog, Rice wrote that he turned over a new leaf, saying, "First of all, I worked out full speed with my knee brace for the first time in 10 months and felt no pain. Second, it was one of the toughest workouts I ever had."

Rice has been working with Cris Carter, who isn't shy about letting players know what's on his mind during the workouts. Rice was teamed with Cardinals star Larry Fitzgerald and the day included doing four 300-yard shuttle runs, which Rice claimed was the most strenuous workout of the offseason.

Rice was extremely limited due to a knee injury last year, catching just 16 passes for 141 yards and four touchdowns. With the excitement surrounding the potential signing of Brett Favre, having a healthy Rice playing alongside Bernard Berrian, Bobby Wade and Percy Harvin can only help the Vikings offense become more potent.


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