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Seattle’s Sidney Rice announces his retirement

Seattle’s Sidney Rice announces his retirement

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice looks for the call against the Arizona Cardinals during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz. Photo: Associated Press, KPUG/AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice is retiring from the NFL after an injury-plagued career that included issues with concussions.
The Seahawks announced Rice’s decision Wednesday, two days before the start of training camp. The news was first reported by Pro Football Talk.

Rice missed half of last season with the Seahawks after tearing his ACL against St. Louis. Rice re-signed with Seattle in the offseason on a $1 million, one-year deal. But he was going to be pushed to make the Seahawks’ final roster with the additions of draft picks Paul Richardson and Kevin Norwood and a healthy Percy Harvin.

Seahawk coach Pete Carroll sent out his thoughts on the retirement news via Twitter. “We appreciate all of @sidneyrice’s contributions over the years! He will always be a Seahawk! Thank you Sid! #GoHawks”

Rice signed with Seattle as a free agent before the 2011 season. He played in 33 regular-season games with the Seahawks, his best season coming in 2012 when he had 50 receptions and seven touchdowns and played all 16 games.

(Associated Press and KPUG Newsroom)

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