Rice could miss half of season

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings Pro Bowl wideout Sidney Rice could miss half the 2010 season after undergoing hip surgery.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Rice visited the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado on Monday where he had the procedure, confirmed by Rice in a text message to the paper.

Rice has been on the physically unable to perform list since the beginning of training camp due to the ailment, which he previously stated occurred during Minnesota's loss to the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship Game last January.

The report said Rice was looked at by three specialists during the offseason, and that two had suggested surgery at the time.

The 23-year-old fourth-year pro had a breakout season catching passes from Brett Favre last year and earned Pro Bowl honors for hauling in 83 balls for 1,312 yards and eight touchdowns in 16 games.

Rice was the 44th overall selection in the 2007 draft out of South Carolina after a standout sophomore season for the Gamecocks.

In addition to Rice's injury, the team is dealing with the health of wide receiver Percy Harvin, who continues to battle severe migraine headaches that have caused him to miss most of camp.

The Vikings responded Tuesday by signing veteran wide receiver Javon Walker, who will enter his ninth NFL season and be reunited with quarterback Brett Favre.

Walker started a promising career in Green Bay after the Packers took him in the first round in 2002 out of Florida State. He played four seasons alongside Favre and put together his finest year as a pro in 2004 when he racked up career bests with 1,382 yards 12 touchdowns and 89 receptions.

The 31-year-old went on to play two seasons in Denver before moving on to the Raiders in 2008. He appeared in three games without recording a catch last season for Oakland before a season-ending ankle injury.

Minnesota also waived running back Ryan Moats Tuesday. Moats was signed in June after two years with the Texans. In 2009, the fifth-year pro ran for 390 yards with four touchdowns on 101 carries. He also caught 13 passes for 106 yards and a score in 14 games.


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