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Sidney Rice Injury: Seahawks WR Had A Pair Of Offseason Shoulder Surgeries, Expected To Be Ready For Camp

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice had both shoulders operated on during the offseason. He should return for camp, but the news is a real concern for his team.

May 30, 2012; Renton, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice (18) participates in a running drill following an OTA practice at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-US PRESSWIRE
May 30, 2012; Renton, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice (18) participates in a running drill following an OTA practice at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-US PRESSWIRE

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice spent his offseason under the knife. Rice revealed this week that he had the labrum repaired in both shoulders. He is expected to be ready to go in time for training camp, but given his injury history, the news has to concern the Seahawks.

According to the Seattle Times, Rice's shoulder operations resulted from his request that doctors take a look at his left shoulder. Dr. James Andrews discovered a full 360-degree tear in the left shoulder. He tore his right labrum in training camp last season, an injury that put him on the shelf for the first two games of the season, his first since signing a free agent deal with Seattle.

Rice has not been cleared for contact.

Seattle inked Rice to a five-year, $41 million contract last July. He played in just nine games last season, finally being sent to the injured reserve list with a concussion, his second in three games, in December.

Rice's injury history has to be of concern to the Seahawks. The team did not make any major additions at the position this year. With a quarterback competition between Matt Flynn and Tarvaris Jackson, and questions about each player, the Seahawks could really be lacking without Rice.

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