Seahawks Lose Sidney Rice To Torn ACL
The Seattle Seahawks received awful news this afternoon after learning that WR Sidney Rice will miss the remainder of the 2013 NFL season with a torn ACL, and his future with the team could be in jeopardy.
Seattle struggled last night against the St. Louis Rams, needing a pivotal goalline stand to hold off its pesky division rivals during the closing seconds for a 14-9 win. The Seahawks currently lead the NFC West with a 7-1 record, but trying to hold off the San Francisco 49ers could be a tougher task now with Rice out of commission for the rest of the year. Rice left Monday's game after diving for a pass in the end zone and did not return. Considering the ongoing struggles of Seattle's passing attack, losing a starting receiver could be a critical blow for a team expected to contend for the Lombardi Trophy.
Rice hasn't quite lived up to the massive contract he signed a few years ago, but he has strong familiarity with the offense and has developed great chemistry with QB Russell Wilson in recent seasons. His 2013 season will come to a close with a pedestrian 15 receptions for 231 yards and three touchdowns, and with his salary shooting up to close to $9 million next season, the Seahawks most likely will release him to open up money for other players. Despite his struggles, Wilson will certainly miss having Rice as a safety blanket as he scrambles out of the pocket, and young receivers like Jermaine Kearse will need to grow up quickly to fill the void.
If anything positive can come out of this news, it's that Percy Harvin should be ready to make his debut in the next week or two. If he's back at full strength, then the team should be able to overcome this key injury. Unfortunately, Seattle won't get to see both receivers playing on the field at the same time, and it remains highly unlikely that Rice will be back next season.