The timing of the decision by Sidney Rice to undergo surgery on his ailing hip raised eyebrows for some, brought about conspiracy theories for others. The exact nature of Rice’s injury still hasn’t been revealed, but the fact remains he’s likely to miss at least eight weeks of the season after having surgery on Monday night.
On Wednesday, Rice posted a blog on his personal site explaining the timeline of his injury, including a previously unknown detail: A recent MRI exam by doctors revealed “significant changes” in his hip that his doctor felt would pose a serious problem if not taken care of immediately.
Here’s the portion of the blog post where Rice explains the recent development:
I went to training camp not at 100 percent but I started feeling better. I was running, doing some cutting drills, things like that. Last week I was a little sore after the cutting drills, but the pain was something I thought I could tolerate.
Like a week and a half ago I went back to see the doctor for another MRI and he said it showed significant changes. It was something he thought would be a serious problem if I didn’t get it taken care of right then, a problem that could shorten my career. I was feeling better, I had my full range of motion back and felt like I was ready to go, but the doctor compared the last two MRIs and said I should get it taken care of right now.
I talked to a couple of my teammates about it and our trainers and felt like it was the right move to make because I would still have an opportunity to finish the season strong and help the Vikings make a push for the Super Bowl.
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.
So there is Rice’s side of the story. He goes on to say that the surgery was considered successful, and he aims to be back on the field “before midseason.” As for the thinking that his desire for a new contract played into his decision to have surgery, Rice addressed the issue.
“It’s not my concern what people say about my contract, whatever happens, happens,” he wrote. “If the Vikings decide to give me an extension, that’s great. If not, life goes on. I’ll continue to work hard and do everything I can to be successful in what I’ve been doing my whole life, and that’s playing football.”
And we didn’t even mention Brett Favre … until now.