Vikings Pro Bowl wide receiver Sidney Rice downplayed his hip injury when reached by phone Thursday, saying "Everything is alright. I'll be ready to go at camp."
Rice's agent Drew Rosenhaus tweeted that Rice is suffering from the lingering hip injury after rumors surfaced that his client had a groin injury that required surgery. Rice said he heard those rumors but he said he's still recovering from a hip injury that he suffered in the playoffs. Rice pulled out of the Pro Bowl because of the injury.
"We had it looked at [by doctors] and no surgery," Rice said.
Rice declined to give specifics about the nature of the injury, but he said doctors have told him to rest it as much as possible right now. He said he is mostly doing pool work but that he is able to run.
"It's not bad," he said. "Just being cautious with it. I can run. I'm jogging and sprinting. I'm just not doing a lot of cutting and different things like that. The doctors feel this is the best thing."
Rosenhaus tweeted that Rice "is hopeful that he will be fully healthy for the start of the season." That raised questions about whether he will be ready by the start of training camp July 30. Rice said he doesn't anticipate any problems.
"I'll be ready to buckle it up at the start," he said. "We'll just watch it as camp goes on. But I'll be ready."