On his Twitter account Thursday, Rice's agent Drew Rosenhaus tweeted that Rice has been dealing with a lingering hip injury. Rosenhaus tweeted the comment about the hip injury in response to rumors that Rice had suffered a groin injury that required surgery.
In his tweet, Rosenhaus said he "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.
In a phone interview with the Star-Tribune, Rice downplayed the situation, saying he will be ready for the start of camp and monitor the hip during the drills early. He said he is running and cutting and admitted he has met with doctors to discuss the injury.
Whether Rice will be limited in practice is something we'll find out in three weeks, but he added he fully expects to be ready for the start of the regular season, which the Vikings will open in a rematch of the NFC title game at New Orleans on Sept. 9.
A year ago at the Larry Fitzgerald workout camp, Rice got singled out and called out by former Viking Cris Carter, who said Rice didn't work hard enough to make the most of his talent. Once teamed up with Brett Favre, Rice became a beast, getting named to his first Pro Bowl. With Favre expected back this year, 2010 could be the season that cements the contract extension that will make Rice a multi-millionaire.
The last thing he (or his agent) need is something to prevent him from having a big season, but, for now anyway, Rice says there's nothing to worry about. When the whistle blows to start practice in Mankato at the end of the month, he says will be there and ready to go.
If people wonder why some sports writers have opted not to vote Carter into the Hall of Fame in his first two years of eligibility, perhaps that kind of talk about a player who credited much of his success with working through the program (and more harsh words from Carter) is what is keeping him from getting invited to Canton. They have taken a lot of guys with worse stats, so there has to be something.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.