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Morning links: Rice ready for Vikings

My story today highlights the Seattle Seahawks’ debut of receiver Sidney Rice, who coincidentally plays against his former team, the Minnesota Vikings, in his first game with Seattle.

But don’t expect any harsh words from Rice on Minnesota. He focused on playing well for the hometown crowd on Saturday

“It’s football,” he said. “No matter who’s on the other side, I’m a Seahawk now. And I’m going to war with those guys and the 12th Man this week. So that’s all that matters.”

One of the thing I’ve noticed in practice is Rice and cornerback Marcus Trufant are usually matched up against each other in one-on-ones or team drills. And I think he has elevated the play of the veteran corner, who looked sharp matching up against Vincent Jackson last week.

“I feel like going against Tru is only going to get me better, and visa-versa” Rice said. “Around here we like to compete, day in and day out. And we want to give each other 110 percent when we line up across from each other, and we look forward to it everyday.”

Also, today’s practice has been closed to fans, and has been moved up to 10 a.m. today.

Charlie Whitehurst defended his home-run derby title after practice on Sunday.

Clare Farnsworth of has the details here.

More Farnsworth: He highlights the play of receiver Patrick Williams in Monday’s practice report.

Still more Farnsworth: Tyler Polumbus is ready to take the place of injured left tackle Russell Okung.

Aaron Curry is finally ready to live up to the lofty expectations as the team’s No. 4 overall pick in 2009.

Christian Caple of takes a closer look at Stanford products Richard Sherman and Doug Baldwin.

Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times attempts to unwrap the mystery that is Charlie Whitehurst.

According to Jason La Canfora of, the New England Patriots will work out T.J. Houshmandzadeh.

The Patriots also have signed former Seahawks linebacker Niko Koutouvides.

Peter King of Sports Illustrated notes in his Monday Morning QB story that Chicago teed up the ball on the 30-yard line for kickoffs twice instead of the 35 to get a better evaluation of their players in kickoff coverage.

Rob Rang and Chad Reuter of preview the top NFL draft prospects in each college conference.

ESPN’s Mike Sando breaks down the height of each receiver by team in the NFC West.