Rice’s knee passes test

July 15th, 2009 – 6:43 PM by Judd Zulgad

As Chip wrote a couple of days ago, Vikings receiver Sidney Rice has been working out this week in Minneapolis with Cardinals Pro Bowl receiver Larry Fitzgerald Jr. and several other NFL and college players. Rice has been writing about the experience on his blog at

On Wednesday, Rice wrote that he worked out at full speed without his knee brace for the first time in 10 months and felt no pain. Although he caught four touchdown passes in 2008, Rice’s second season was considered a disappointment in large part because he suffered a sprained right posterior cruciate ligament in the second game. He missed three of the next four games and was at less than 100 percent for the remainder of the year. Rice finished with only 15 catches.

In addition to working out with current players, Rice also has been receiving pointers from former Vikings receiver Cris Carter. All of this has definitely made an impression. “He was giving me hell today,” Rice wrote of Carter. “He tells you how he feels and what’s on his mind and he tries to motivate you as well. Today was his last day working out with us.”

Continued Rice: “I partnered with Larry Fitzgerald through the whole workout and he stayed on me all day making sure I was doing everything right. Near the end we did acceleration drills and then we did four 300-yard shuttles. It was by far my hardest complete workout of the offseason.”

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