Seahawks receiver Sidney Rice is out for the year with a torn ACL suffered in Monday night’s 14-9 win at St. Louis.
The injury was first reported by Pro Football Talk and since confirmed by the Seahawks.
And probably hardly needs to be said that Seattle will now hope for a return sooner rather than later from Percy Harvin to fill the void.
With the trade deadline passing today, Seattle won’t be able to get anyone from the outside other than waiver wire pickups.
Jermaine Kearse played more Monday night after Rice (above in a John Lok photo warming up prior to the win over the Rams) went out of the game in the second quarter of a game in which Seattle struggled mightily on offense, gaining a season-low 135 yards.
Rice, in his third season with the Seahawks, is Seattle’s third-leading receiver this season with 15 catches for 231 yards.
He was signed as a free agent prior to the 2011 season on the heels of a breakout 2009 campaign in which he caught 83 passes for 1,312 yards for the Minnesota Vikings.
He has not quite had the same statistical success in Seattle, but did lead the Seahawks with 50 catches last season, playing and starting all 16 games.
Seattle signed Rice to a five-year deal worth as much as $41 million, including $18 million guaranteed. He is due to make $8.5 million this season.
Given his salary and the team’s needs elsewhere, there has been much speculation that the Seahawks wouldn’t bring Rice back for the final two years of his contract — he turned 27 on Sept. 1.
Rice had three targets against the Rams but did not make any catches, and for his Seattle career he has 97 catches for 1,463 yards and 12 touchdowns in 33 games, 31 of which he started.
If this report is true, it’s unclear if the injury is related to Rice’s prior knee issues.
Rice traveled to Switzerland in training camp to have a procedure similar to Platelet-rich Plasma treatment on his knee which he said was to calm down some Patellar Tendonitis.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said after the Rams game that Rice “banged his knee” and also suffered a head injury.
Asked how long Rice might be out, Carroll said “I don’t know that.’’
But Seattle has since gotten word that Rice will indeed be lost for the season, a blow to a team that has serious Super Bowl aspirations at 7-1 at the midway point of the year.
Rice left after a series in the second quarter when the Seahawks scored to take a 7-3 lead. On one play, Rice leapt to try to catch a Russell Wilson pass in the end zone but was unable to bring it down. He came off the field slowly after that play and did not return to the game.
More on this as it develops.