Fantasy Stock Watch: Minnesota's Sidney Rice Could be Headed For Injured Reserve
According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Minnesota Vikings star wide receiver Sidney Rice has undergone surgery on his injured hip, and could be out an estimated 6-8 weeks.
Rice was reportedly working out on a stationary bike for 20 minutes following the procedure, offering some optimism that he could have a 6-8 timetable, and could possibly return sooner than mid-season.
Fantasy Dish: Um, crap. This news completely kills Rice’s short-term value for 2010, and should drop him down significantly on your fantasy draft board. Percy Harvin just shot up everyone’s rankings, while Bernard Berrian goes from a likey WR4 ro a WR3, at the minimum.
Talks about adding Javon Walker or possibly looking into a trade for Vincent Jackson could heat up a lot quicker than people think. There are quite a few veteran receivers out there that the Vikings could take a look at, as well.
It’s funny how everyone was worried about Rice’s and other Vikings players fantasy value’s based off of whether or not Brett Favre would return, and now Rice missing time will have the same effect.
This also may have Minnesota put a little more emphasis on the ground game (which isn’t such a bad thing). Monitor the sitation to see who Minnesota promotes, signs, or trades for to alleviate the loss of Rice.
Update: Head coach Brad Childress has alluded to the possibility of Rice going on season-ending injured reserve, as he’s a near-lock to start the season on the PUP list and miss the first six weeks, and likely will miss the first eight.
This is much worse than originally thought, and could force the Vikings to make a bid on Vincent Jackson or another receiver. Stay tuned to see what Minnesota does to help Brett Favre and the offense stay potent for 2010.