Sidney Rice expected to play Sunday for Seattle
Sidney Rice is finally going to see the field for the Seattle
After missing the first two games with a shoulder injury,
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Friday that barring any last
second setbacks Rice will make his Seattle debut on Sunday against
the Arizona Cardinals.
It’s a welcome return for an offense that’s floundered through
the first two weeks of the season and could use Rice’s downfield
ability to open up both the passing game and take pressure off what
has thus far been an ineffective run game.
”He’s a big factor. This was a big move that we made to go get
Sidney and we had in mind that he would be a huge factor for us and
get other guys open and help the running game and all of that. You
have to pay attention to him because he’s that good of a player,”
Rice has labrum damage in his shoulder and missed the final
preseason game against Oakland then sat out the opener against San
Francisco and last week against Pittsburgh.
But the injury is one the Seahawks feel Rice can play through
after going through extensive therapy the last few weeks while
being sidelined. Rice isn’t worried about any additional damage or
what that first hit might feel like.
”Whatever happens, happens. I should be able to tolerate
whatever it is and have no problem out there,” Rice said.
Just two seasons ago, Rice was a Pro Bowl selection after
catching 83 passes for 1,312 yards and eight touchdowns with
Minnesota. He missed most of last season after undergoing offseason
hip surgery and played in just six games his final season with the
In Seattle he’s been reunited with quarterback Tarvaris Jackson
and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell. Both raved this week
about what Rice could bring to the Seahawks’ struggling
”He can make plays. I’ve seen him. You just put the ball in his
area. He has great ball skills. He can go get the ball wherever you
throw it,” Jackson said. ”He’s able to get down field, he’s got
good hands to catch the underneath routes, so he creates
opportunities for other guys. If you play him one on one the
chances are you’re going to get beat. That’s the thing that we’re
Rice said he felt he could have played against the Steelers.
He’s anxious to show off for the home fans after signing a
five-year deal with Seattle during free agency.
”It’s always hard sitting on the sideline not being able to
contribute to your teams, especially when so many people have high
expectations for you coming into a season like this and your team
is struggling,” Rice said. ”I’m ready, anxious to get out
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