Vikings’ Sidney Rice may not return in 2010

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Sidney Rice celebrates as he walks off the field after defeating the Dallas Cowboys in their NFC Divisional Playoff at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis on January 17, 2010. The Vikings won 34-3. UPI/Brian Kersey

According to Vikings’ beat writers Judd Zulgad and Chip Scoggins of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, there’s a good chance that Sidney Rice won’t play again in 2010.

Rice had offseason hip surgery and decided not to play in Week 10 against the Bears. There’s some belief that Rice and agent Drew Rosenhaus won’t risk further injury in what is quickly becoming a lost season for the Vikings. Rice becomes a free agent after the year and Rosenhaus may want to use his 2009 stats as a selling point, so if the receiver gets hurt again then Rosenhaus loses his leverage.

Brad Childress maintains that it’s up to Rice as to whether or not the receiver will return this season. The Vikings’ roster exemption for Rice ends on November 24, which means he’ll either need to be activated or go on injured reserve. Chances are if he doesn’t play this Sunday, the latter is more likely.

One would think that Rice would be eager to get back on the field to help his team, but if he gets hurt again then he’s going to have to settle for whatever contract a team wants to give him next offseason. It’s easy for fans to say that he should go out and play, but money is a factor here. It’s hard to judge Rice without being in his shoes.

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