The question of when Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice (doubtful for week one) will be better remains open. He suffered a shoulder injury in training camp during a one-on-one drill against a cornerback. He missed the first exhibition game, returned to play the next two, then was unable to finish practice Aug. 29 and has not practiced since.
Seattle head coach Pete Carroll said he doesn't think Rice's shoulder injury is as serious as the one suffered by tight end John Carlson, which required season-ending surgery, but there's still a degree of uncertainty about Rice's recovery.
"Probably by the end of next week we'll know if he's really responding," Carroll said. "He feels way better."