Sidney Rice could make his season debut on Sunday against the Bears in Chicago, but the Vikings' wide receiver has not been cleared — or added to the roster yet, for that matter — by head coach Brad Childress.
"He'll fit in the system should he make it back; he was practicing last week," Childress said in a conference call with Chicago media. "It's one of those deals, you want to see how the guy comes back to you every time, every day. Because he is going to go through some initial soreness, which he has, and it's quite one thing to practice on an NFL field, it's another thing to absorb the hits and play NFL-speed football."
Reports have surfaced that Rice's work this week in practice will be the determining factor, but Childress said he would not be the only one deciding.
"Those are kind of the things that he's weighing, that we're weighing, but we'll make the decision whether he can go or not all together."
Rice remains on the PUP list. He had hip surgery in August and has missed every game to this point. The Vikings would need to add him to the active roster and make a corresponding cut to remain at 53 players.