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Sidney Rice seems to back off vow to be ready for camp

Last week was an eventful one for Vikings receiver Sidney Rice. First, he faced the Wrath of Cris, when a former Vikings receiver who all he did was catch touchdowns gave Rice a public ripping for not showing up to Larry Fitzgerald’s workout camp.

Right about the same time Cris Carter said that “OTAs and all that stuff are overrated.”

Then, Rice’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, disclosed that the fourth-year wideout has a hip injury, and that Rice is hopeful to be back to 100 percent by the start of the season. Rice then said he’ll be ready to participate in training camp, which suggested he’s already close to 100 percent.

In a Monday live chat on, Rice said that his goal is to be “ready for the first regular season game.” He said nothing about being ready to participate in training camp.

If we didn’t know any better, we’d wonder whether Rice is milking the injury in the hopes of squeezing a new contract out of the Vikings.

Then again, we don’t know any better. After all, Rice is a fourth-year player entering the final year of his current deal.