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Friday, August 2, 2013
Sidney Rice returns to Seahawks

By Ed Werder
ESPN

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice, who received a nonsurgical procedure for knee pain in Switzerland earlier this week, returned to the team Thursday.

Coach Pete Carroll said Tuesday he did not expect Rice to miss any games in the preseason or regular season.

Rice was mostly a spectator on Friday as the Seahawks held a scrimmage while preparing for their preseason opener next Thursday at San Diego. Rice caught a few passes on the side and Carroll said he is expected to return to practice on Sunday.

"Everything went great, exactly as they hoped," Carroll said. "We'll see what happens as he progresses, but hopefully it was a good move for him."

Rice flew about 10,000 miles round trip to Switzerland to have a plasma injection into his knee to help with patella tendinitis. Rice spent two nights in Europe and said the procedure took only about 20 minutes.

"It was something I set up earlier in the offseason a little after the OTAs and it was a long process, things I had to go through with the doctors over there," Rice said. "I was just fortunate that Coach gave me the opportunity to go over there and get it done and thankful for my teammates not making a big deal about leaving practice, leaving them here in camp and going and getting it done. I'm grateful to be in a good organization like this to go handle that."

Rice, hampered by knee issues late last season, finished the 2012 campaign with 50 catches for 748 yards and seven touchdowns.

He hopes making the effort to travel to Europe pays off with another full season.

"You want to be out there on the field as much as possible and help your team win games. That's the best part about being part of a program like this, you get to battle with your teammates," Rice said. "(I'm) just hoping to be out there on the field as long as possible."

Meanwhile, Carroll said fellow wide receiver Percy Harvin, who underwent hip surgery Thursday, plans to do the early part of his rehab in New York where the operation took place. The Seahawks still expect Harvin to return from a torn labrum in his hip at some point late in the regular season.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.