Vikings WR Rice says injured knee ‘getting better’

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Vikings WR Sidney Rice said his injured right knee is improving, though he's still not at full strength. (Nick Laham / Getty Images)

Vikings WR Sidney Rice said his injured right knee is improving, though he’s still not at full strength.

Rice talked to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune about the progress of his recovery from a sprained posterior cruciate ligament (PCL):

    “It’s getting better. I can really tell that it’s getting better. I’m not 100 percent yet. But I’m running routes full speed and feeling pretty good. The coaches were watching me run the other day and they can tell I’m making progress with it. I’m not too far off from it. But I should be ready coming into training camp.”

Rice saw action in 13 games, with three starts, last season and caught 15 passes for 141 yards and four touchdowns. He missed Weeks 3, 5 and 6 with the knee injury that limited him all season. Rice’s numbers dropped from his rookie season of 2007, when he had 31 catches for 396 yards and four touchdowns in 13 games, four of them starts.

Rice told the Star-Tribune that his main focus at organized team activities will be to continue rehabilitating the injury:

    “I still feel a little pain when I do get up to full speed or when I’m getting close to it. My main thing is strengthening my quad and my hamstring. I’ve been doing a pretty good job. When we start these OTAs I’m going to be spending extra time in the training room, running in the pool, on the treadmill and doing little exercises. Those exercises help me out a lot.”
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