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Thursday, February 23, 2012
Almost forgot: Two Sidney Rice surgeries

By Mike Sando

INDIANAPOLIS -- Turns out Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice underwent two shoulder surgeries this offseason.

That was the word from general manager John Schneider, who told reporters the team expected Rice back for training camp.

We spoke with Schneider about so many subjects -- trading up for a quarterback, Marshawn Lynch as a candidate for the franchise tag, Red Bryant's value as a core player, Pete Carroll's affinity for K.J. Wright as a middle linebacker -- that the Rice revelation nearly slipped my mind.

Rice went on injured reserve last season after playing through a labrum injury in one shoulder. The other shoulder had been a problem since Rice was in college. Doctors decided to fix both shoulders this offseason.

Rice came to Seattle in free agency last offseason amid concerns about a previous hip operation. Having two shoulder surgeries instead of one raises additional questions about durability.

Rice, 25, has missed 17 games over the past two seasons.