Vikings wide receiver Sidney Rice has said a number of times that his work with Cardinals All-Pro receiver Larry Fitzgerald and former Viking Cris Carter in the Twin Cities last summer helped propel him to his first Pro Bowl.
Carter gave Rice some tough love during Fitzgerald's summer workouts for NFL players and Rice took those words to heart and improved his work ethic.
Rice said he would follow a similar plan this summer and workout with Fitzgerald/Carter again, but so far he has not made an appearance at the camp held at the University of Minnesota. That brought an interesting response from Carter after Thursday's workout when asked what is the challenge for Rice this season coming off his first Pro Bowl year.
"I don’t know," Carter said. "You have to ask him. I don’t know what it’s like to have one good year and then disappear. I don’t know what it’s like. That’s on him. I really don’t know. … If I had that kind of impact on him he should have been here today."