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Vikings' Rice hoping to ditch crutches

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Vikings WR Sidney Rice hopes to shed his crutches after a doctor's visit as a follow-up to his hip surgery, writes ESPN 1500's Tom Pelissero.

Rice had surgery in August and remains on crutches now. But he vows to help the Vikings at some point this season and believes he'll be walking freely after he's cleared by his surgeon.

The Vikings placed Rice on the PUP list, which will prevent him from playing in the team's first six games. Early reports suggested that Rice might miss eight or more contests because of the nature of the procedure.

The team must make a decision by Nov. 9 whether to activate Rice or place him on injured reserve at that point. From the point at which he starts practicing, it would start the clock on Rice and give the team a three-week window to decide what their next move would be.

Head coach Brad Childress has not commented lately on Rice's progress.

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