Ex-Gamecock Rice will likely return to Minnesota, avoid IR

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All signs are pointing to former South Carolina star Sidney Rice returning to the Minnesota Vikings this weekend.

Vikings receiver Sidney Rice was placed on the physically unable to perform list after hip surgery, but is nearing a return.   Associated Press
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Vikings receiver Sidney Rice was placed on the physically unable to perform list after hip surgery, but is nearing a return.

He'll probably have to, if he wants to play at all this season.

The question of Rice's status is down to the final days, three months after he had hip surgery.

Coach Brad Childress said Friday if the wide receiver is not activated from the physically unable to perform list for Sunday's game against Green Bay, Rice will likely be placed on injured reserve and done for 2010.

STEELERS: Troy Polamalu has returned to practice after the safety sat out two days with an Achilles' tendon injury and is listed as probable for Sunday's game against Oakland.

REDSKINS: Former Butler star Carlos Rogers and safety LaRon Landry got in "a little bit of practice" for the first time this week. Coach Mike Shanahan said "there's a chance" either or both will play. Rogers has yet to test his sore right hamstring in practice.

JAGUARS: Jacksonville likely will be without receiver Mike Sims-Walker against Cleveland on Sunday.

Sims-Walker was listed as doubtful on Friday's injury report. He sprained his right ankle against Houston and missed two days of practice this week.

JETS: New York has signed wide receiver Patrick Turner from the practice squad to help fill in for the injured Jerricho Cotchery.

SEAHAWKS: Seattle will likely see the return of tackle Russell Okung to the starting lineup Sunday after the first-round pick missed the last three games with a high ankle sprain. Okung has played only sparingly because of injuries.

Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck will start despite two cracked bones in his left wrist.

BRENNAN HURT: Former University of Hawaii and Oakland Raiders quarterback Colt Brennan was taken to Kona Community Hospital following a two-car crash on the Big Island.

FINES: Tennessee Titans offensive tackle David Stewart has been fined $20,000 by the NFL for unnecessary roughness.

Stewart was fined for unnecessarily striking an opponent late. He is a repeat offender, leading to the heavy fine.

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley was docked $12,500 for roughing New England quarterback Tom Brady.

BUCCANEERS: Rookie wide receiver Michael Williams was charged with DUI in Hillsborough County.

According to a breathalyzer test, Williams had .065 blood- alcohol level, above Florida's 0.08 percent legal limit.


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