Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Sidney Rice told WCCO Radio Wednesday night that he is not 100 percent and will need to have his lingering hip injury checked again by Vikings trainers.
Rice said it's more than a hip flexor injury, but he still intends to start in the first regular season game against New Orleans.
He's going to allow Vikings trainers to tell him what he can and can't do during training camp.
Rice had a breakout season catching passes from Brett Favre last year. He caught 83 passes for 1,312 yards and eight touchdowns to help the Vikings reach the NFC championship game. He was also named to his first Pro Bowl in his third season in the league.
Rice has fallen slightly in the WR rankings since the original news of the hip broke. We will continue to monitor this situation and see how Rice progresses through training camp. Bernard Berrian could pick up some of the slack this year, as he is coming into the season healthy. Many thought Berrian could lead the Vikings in receiving last year after coming over from the Bears where he posted two straight near 1000 yard season. Berrian was nagged by injuries throughout 2009, and finished the season with just over 600 yards. Berrian saw his yards per catch drop in 2009 to 11.2, after a ridiculous 20.4 in 2008.