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Sidney Rice returns to Seahawks after knee treatment

Percy Harvin is on the shelf, but wide receiver Sidney Rice is back in the fold for the Seattle Seahawks.

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Friday that Rice has returned from Switzerland after leaving training camp this week to undergo a non-surgical treatment on his knee, according to a source who talked with the player.

Rice said later on Friday that he hopes his recent procedure will help him deal with his patellar tendonitis, according to KJR-AM.

As Chris Wesseling pointed out, players are known to voyage to Europe for the blood-manipulation treatment known as Regenokine, but the Seahawks have given no specifics on Rice's trip.

Coach Pete Carroll told reporters Tuesday he was optimistic Rice wouldn't miss any game action, suggesting the receiver will be ready for the Seahawks' preseason opener Aug. 8 against the San Diego Chargers.

Our primary question is why Rice -- bothered by knee issues late last season -- would participate in a preseason tilt if questions remain about his health. With Harvin facing a long rehab from hip surgery, the Seahawks will ask Rice to play an every-down role for much of the season. No reason to rush to rush him back, but maybe Switzerland is just a magical place.

UPDATE: Carroll said during a news conference Friday that Rice will practice Sunday.

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