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Injury Updates: Rice, Griffin, And Henderson

Sidney Rice is beginning training camp on the PUP list, which is an obvious disappointment to Vikings fans hoping to see him repeat the production that landed him on the Pro Bowl last season.

Rice apparently was told he should have had surgery on his hip, but that it was absolutely needed.

“Couple of guys thought I should have had it, but didn’t need it necessarily,” Rice said. “So, the plan now is just to rehab and get everything back like it’s supposed to be.”

“I’m not ready for it,” Rice said of practicing full speed.

“Why it is lingering? Because it’s still uncomfortable for him,” Childress said before practice. “He was seen by not only our doctors but a couple of different specialists, and we decided we didn’t want to be as aggressive as you could be — in other words, surgical procedure.

“I think he’ll be OK. I may stand corrected on that. But that’s what the doctors wanted to do with it,” continued Childress.

These statements suggest that perhaps the Vikings are regretting not getting Rice to have the surgery after the injury reappeared during minicamp.  Especially since the surgery would have been likely to have fully healed right about now, the beginning of camp.  At the very worst, he would have rejoined the team drills about two weeks from now.

Now, it looks like Rice will not rejoin the team until one to two weeks from now.

Rice doesn’t seem to think it was a mistake to pass on the surgery.  “Nah. I’ll be fine,” said Rice.  “I’ll be fine. We’ve still got time before the season starts up. … We’re going to take it day to day and rehab, try to strengthen everything, and hopefully, everything will be fine.”

Rice joins starting cornerback Cedric Griffin as the only two players on the PUP list.  While Rice was a surprise, Griffin was not.  Griffin tore his ACL during the overtime kickoff against the Saints in the NFC Championship game.

One player that was expected to start camp on the PUP list, and at one point had people questioning if he’d ever play in the NFL again, is starting middle linebacker E.J. Henderson.  Henderson has had a somewhat miraculous recovery from his gruesome broken femur.

The fact that Henderson was able to participate in 7-on-7 drills today speaks volumes to his toughness.

“I don’t really notice it,” Henderson said of the healing leg, which includes a titanium rod. “Maybe a little bit warming up, just to get it warm, but I don’t really notice it at all.”

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One Response to “Injury Updates: Rice, Griffin, And Henderson”

  1. B. Grant says:

    Way to go EJ! This is a pleasant surprise, to be sure.

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