Seahawks still hoping Sidney Rice will be available Week 3
Posted by Danny O'Neil
PITTSBURGH -- It was not a surprise Sidney Rice was not available for Sunday's game. He was ruled out be the Seahawks on Friday.
The uncertainty about Rice's future became a topic after a report from FOX Sports Jay Glazer stating Rice has a torn labrum, and the Seahawks and Rice are hoping to postpone surgery.
But while that report provides more specifics on the nature of the injury, it doesn't change Rice's status going forward, which is that Seattle coach Pete Carroll thinks he can play in next week's home opener vs. Arizona.
"This would be a big week for us to test him," Carroll said after Sunday's game. "He was at about 80 percent last week. If you had watched practice, you would think he could play. But we didn't hit him, we didn't knock him around. We won't know until we get him more active with him in practice. We'll know more this week."
Carroll was asked specifically about the report of a torn labrum.
"He's got some damage in his shoulder," Carroll said, "and we're trying to figure out how he can come back."
Tight end John Carlson was placed on injured reserve before the season began after suffering a torn labrum, but Carroll was clear to point out the differences in the injuries.
"John's was really bad," Carroll said. "As we went through the time watching to see if John would progress, he didn't. His shoulder kept popping out just sitting at his desk. That's not where Sidney is at all. They're different situations. The labrum issues are all different, and they're not just 'a labrum' and it's exactly the same, and (Rice is) responding very well."
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