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Notebook: Replacing Rice a tall order

The Vikings are trying to find a way to replace the productivity Sidney Rice provided in the passing game last year. But his 6-foot-4 frame and physical style of play isn't something that currently exists in the receiving corps. Plus, the injured cornerbacks are making progress.

Last year, Sidney Rice ended a seven-year streak of the Vikings not have a Pro Bowl wide receiver. With Brett Favre throwing passes and Rice finally having a healthy season, Rice was the team's most productive receiver in catches (83), yards (1,312) and average (15.8). He was also the first Viking to be named to the Pro Bowl since Randy Moss in 2003. This year, with Rice sidelined until at least...

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