Reports: Sidney Rice May be Out Half of NFL Season

Brett Favre could be without his top receiver when the new NFL season kicks off on September 9, with the Minnesota Vikings taking on the defending Super Bowl champions New Orleans Saints.

Reports say Pro Bowl wide receiver Sidney Rice had surgery on Monday to repair his hip, which he injured during the Vikings’ NFC Championship loss to the Saints in January. The Star Tribune said in a report on Tuesday that Rice has confirmed that he had surgery at the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado, on Monday. Reports said Rice might need at least the first half of the season to recover from the surgery.

Aside from Rice, the Vikings are also unsure about the status of second-leading receiver Percy Harvin, who collapsed on the field last week, probably due to severe migraines. Harvin, last year’s Offensive Rookie of the Year, has already missed most of training camp due to migraines and is currently listed as day-to-day.

With all the injuries and problems in the receiver position, the Vikings are hard-pressed to provide Farve with able supporters. Among those expected to step up on the absence of Rice and, if ever, Harvin, is 2008 NFL yards per reception leader Bernard Berrian, who struggled with hamstring injuries last season but has so far been healthy during training camp.