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Sidney Rice says he’ll be ready for training camp

Vikings receiver Sidney Rice has a hip injury. Unless he doesn’t.

The dichotomy which could serve as the basis for some ESPN-on-ESPN crime isn’t quite as intriguing in this context. Agent Drew Rosenhaus says that Rice is “hopeful” he’ll be fully healthy by the start of the season. Rice acknowledges that he indeed has an injured hip, but he said that he’s fine and that he’ll be able to participate in training camp.

We had it looked at [by doctors] and no surgery,” Rice told Chip Scoggins of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

“It’s not bad,” Rice said. “Just being cautious with it. I can run. I’m jogging and sprinting. I’m just not doing a lot of cutting and different things like that. The doctors feel this is the best thing.”

So Rice is more than hopeful that he’ll be ready for the start of the season. He says he’ll be good to go when the Vikings gather at Mankato on July 30.

“I’ll be ready to buckle it up at the start,” he said. “We’ll just watch it as camp goes on. But I’ll be ready.”

Unless, of course, he isn’t.