Vikings left without Rice

Sidney Rice, the Minnesota Vikings biggest receiving threat, will miss the first eight weeks of the upcoming season after having surgery Monday to repair a hip he injured during January’s NFC Championship loss to New Orleans.

It’s a bit of a head-scratcher for some left wondering why he waited so long to have the surgery.

Rice said that there were “significant changes” since seeing a doctor about the injury earlier in the offseason.

Either way, it’s a huge blow to the Vikings. And you have to wonder what would cause Rice’s hip to get that much worse. Is this the type of injury that’s going to linger for his career?

The Vikings have some depth at receiver, but that’s been tested in recent days with Percy Harvin battling migraines. Without Rice and Harvin, the Vikings are left with Bernard Berrian and Greg Lewis, along with the recently signed Javon Walker. But who knows what can reasonably be expected of Walker, who hasn’t caught a pass in the NFL for a couple of years.

No doubt the first eight weeks will really test Brett Favre‘s knowledge of the Vikings offense. And a few untested players will be tested, too.

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