Replicating the 2009 Vikings might never happen this year, but at least Sunday's game at Chicago can recall the Brett Favre-Sidney Rice combination that flustered defenses last season.
Rice is expected to make his 2010 debut in Soldier Field after hip surgery in late August.
Listed as questionable on Friday's injury report, Rice said he wants to wait to see how he feels after today's practice before making an official decision.
The decision lies with Rice on whether his body is ready for live action, but today's practice is expected to be precautionary.
The Vikings have until 3 p.m. today to activate Rice or keep him on the physically unable to perform list. The latest Rice can return is Dec. 5 against Buffalo.
Rice "opened it up" during Thursday's practice and felt a little soreness Friday morning but still practiced with the team.
Even Rice admits he's not the same player he once was, at least not this week. Rehabbing takes time. He's also in a contract year, which makes his decision more difficult.
Coach Brad Childress said he'd expect Rice could play as many as 25 to 35 snaps early in his return. Rice said he doesn't want to be limited by the injury once he returns, and the long-term implications of the injury are "huge."
It's best to take a wait and see approach with Rice. He might be worth using in a few weeks, but for now the right thing to do would be wise to keep him in a reserve role.