The Seahawks lost wide receiver Sidney Rice for the year Tuesday because of a torn ACL suffered in Monday night’s game against the St. Louis Rams.
The injury was first reported by Pro Football Talk.
Rice left the field in the second quarter and did not return to the game. Afterward, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said Rice hurt his head and knee during the game, and did not know the extent of Rice’s injuries.
He said the same thing Tuesday morning during an appearance on 710 ESPN Seattle.
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After signing a 5-year, $41 million deal in July of 2011, Rice’s production has been moderate. A Pro-Bowl player in 2009, Rice had just 15 catches this season for 231 yards. Last season was his best during two-plus seasons with Seattle. He made 50 catches and gained 748 yards.
Rice is scheduled to make $8.5 million in 2014. Because of that and the injury, he is unlikely to remain with the Seahawks. Rice’s salary would be a $9.7 million salary cap hit if he was on the roster next season and would be a $2.4 million cap hit if he was cut.
The Seahawks have numerous contracts to deal with at the end of the season, including cornerback Brandon Browner, wide receiver Golden Tate and defensive lineman Michael Bennett, among others.
At the beginning of August, Rice left Seahawks camp to receive treatment for patellar tendonitis in Switzerland.
His best game in 2013 was during a blowout of the Jacksonville Jaguars when he made five catches for 79 yards.
With Rice done, the Seahawks begin searching for replacements. Jermaine Kearse is an in-house option. As is the anticipated return of Percy Harvin, who could be activated this week from the physically unable to perform list.
The NFL trade deadline passed Tuesday at 1 p.m. without the Seahawks making any deals.