Sidney Rice has caught a lot of flak for waiting until the middle of the preseason to decide to have hip surgery that could leave the Minnesota Vikings without his services for eight weeks – and possibly until the end of the season.
However, according to Rice’s most recent entry on his official blog, Rice was facing the end of his football career if he had decided to hold off on surgery.
Once the doc got in there and checked everything out, he said having the surgery was the best move I could have made, so I don’t regret it now. He said it could have been much worse if I would have tried to play on it during the season. He said it could have been my last year of playing football, so I know I made the right decision.
Rice also believes that his recovery time will be quicker than most have suggested.
As for when I’ll be back, I’m not really sure but I’m aiming for being back on the field before midseason. I want to do as much rehab as I can as fast as I can without jeopardizing the injury or making it worse. Whatever the doctor says, I’m shooting for two weeks before that.