In my story today, Seattle Seahawks receiver Sidney Rice discusses his two offseason shoulder surgeries, and says he expects to be ready for the team’s regular season opener Sept. 9 at Arizona.
The 25-year-old suffered a labrum tear in his right shoulder during training camp in 2011 that forced him to miss the first two games of the season. Although not fully healthy, Rice came back and gutted it out through nine games. But after suffering two concussions in the span of three games, Seattle coach Pete Carroll put Rice on the season-ending injured-reserve list in December.
Rice had his torn labrum repaired by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala.
While under Andrews’ care, Rice had his left shoulder examined, which had bothered him since his college days at South Carolina.
“They thought it was just a little tear in the back when they read the first MRI, but once Dr. Andrews got in there, he (saw) that it was an actual, 360 degree tear,” he said.
Rice had the torn labrum in his left shoulder repaired a month and a half later.
Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell knows what type of problems a healthy Rice can cause for a defense from their time together in Minnesota.
“He’s a big part of what we want to do here,” Bevell said. “His health is paramount to us. We need a No. 1 (receiver), and he’s the guy we went out and got. So it’s up to him to come back from that.”
Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports unearths some interesting nuggets while talking to Brian Banks’ agents Bruce and Ryan Tollner about finding work for the exonerated ex-high school star. According to La Canfora, Banks will leave camp early to participate in a tryout at Minnesota on Friday. And he’ll compete in San Francisco’s minicamp next week.
Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times writes that Banks faces long odds to make the Seahawks.
Doug Farrar of Yahoo Sports writes that Banks looked the part during a practice on Wednesday.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com talks to defensive tackle Alan Branch about the possibilities of Seattle becoming a dominant defense in 2012.
Tony Ventrella of Seahawks.com offers video of Banks working out here.
ESPN’s Mike Sando takes a look at what’s at stake between holdout Chris Clemons and the Seahawks.
Bill Swartz of ESPN 710 Seattle talks with Leon Washington about his strength – versatility.
Kevin Calabro and Jim Moore of ESPN 710 Seattle talk with defensive end Red Bryant in this audio link.
Matt Bowen of the National Football Post continues his Inside the Playbook series with a run down of every offensive formation you need to know.