The Minnesota Vikings will play the first half of the season - or more - without Pro Bowl receiver Sidney Rice, who had hip surgery this week.
Coach Brad Childress said Tuesday that Rice had the procedure in Vail, Colo., on Monday night.
He didn’t give a specific timetable for Rice’s return, but he said typically it takes about eight weeks before a player can get back to practice, let alone game action.
It’s a huge blow for the Vikings, who have very little depth at receiver.
Percy Harvin has struggled with migraines during the preseason, and the team signed veteran Javon Walker on Tuesday to help out.
After catching 45 passes during an injury-plagued first two seasons in Minnesota, Rice emerged as Brett Favre’s go-to guy in his third season with 83 catches for 1,312 yards and eight TDs.
He earned his first Pro Bowl bid, though he was injured in the playoffs and did not play again.
The NFL fined wide receiver Chad Ochocinco $25,000 for the timing of his tweets.
The league said Ochocinco’s messages appeared on his Twitter page during a prohibited time at the Cincinnati Bengals versus Philadelphia Eagles preseason game on Friday night. The league said the Bengal player violated policies on electronic device possession and posting of social media messages.
Ochocinco apologized – how else? – through Twitter.
“I won’t do it again,” he tweeted.
A sprained ankle will keep Donovan McNabb on the sideline Friday night when the Redskins play the Jets. McNabb has been unable to practice since getting hurt in Saturday night’s loss to the Ravens. Coach Mike Shanahan said neither receiver Malcolm Kelly (hamstring) nor fullback and North Thurston High grad Mike Sellers (knee) will be able to play. … Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez will wear a protective brace on his surgically repaired left knee “probably forever” to guard against future injuries. … The Jets and All-Pro center Nick Mangold finalized a deal making him the highest-paid player at his position, signing a seven-year contract that could be worth up to $55 million. … The NFL’s finance committee has unanimously recommended approval of Missouri billionaire Stan Kroenke’s bid to take full control of the Rams.