The Minnesota Vikings will be without their No. 1 receiver for a significant period of time.
Vikings receiver Sidney Rice had hip surgery and could miss the first half of the season.
Rice confirmed in a text message to Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune that he had the surgery at the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colo. on Monday. Rice suffered the hip injury in the Vikings' NFC Championship Game loss to the New Orleans Saints. He hasn't been able to participate in training camp, and there are reports out of Minnesota that he and the Vikings are not seeing eye to eye, both about Rice's decision to wait until this week to have the surgery, and about Rice's contract, which he thinks doesn't pay him enough.
Rice was the Vikings' No. 1 receiver last season, catching 83 passes for 1,312 yards and eight touchdowns. The Vikings' No. 2 receiver last season, Percy Harvin, is also ailing, having missed almost all of training camp because of migraines.
That means Brett Favre's favorite target at the start of the season is likely to be Bernard Berrian. And it means the Vikings will rely more than ever on running back Adrian Peterson.