Minnesota Vikings receiver Sidney Rice had a breakout season in 2009 as the Vikes rode future Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre's arm all the way to the NFC Championship game. But a hip injury lingered into the offseason and eventually turned Rice's treatment to surgery.
He wound up missing 10 games as a result.
When Rice returned to the Vikings lineup, it was too late for the team to recover from their early and mid-season misfortunes. And their top receiver was not the same player he was in '09.
On a positive note, Rice continued to display the remarkable ability to attack the football in flight and wound up with 17 catches for 280 yards and two touchdowns in five starts.
With an offseason of rest and rehab, the 24-year-old Rice should be good to go in 2011.
As a much sought-after free agent, NFL teams are hoping he can return to his 2010 form—83 receptions, 1,312 yards and eight touchdowns.