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Pigskin Stew: Sidney Rice ready for offseason workouts, Jaguars’ Clay Harbor remains in Jacksonville and Cardinals’ Alameda Ta'amu stays a Bird

By on 3/09/2014 06:00:00 PM

Welcome to Pigskin Stew, your weekly recap of injury related news around the NFL that you might have missed while you continuously watched episodes of HBO’s True Detective or painfully tagged along on one of your wife’s increasingly annoying mall trips.

So grab a pint of your favorite frosty libation, turn the hearing aid on low so the wife can be seen and not heard and join me every Sunday afternoon up until the start of the 2014 preseason for your injury related news that flew under your radar.

Sidney Rice will be ready for offseason programs

Josh Alper of NBCSports reported this week that former Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice is on schedule to receive medical clearance before teams begin their offseason workouts.

Rice tore his anterior cruciate ligament in 2013, playing in only eight games for the Super Bowl Champions.  The oft-injured seven-year NFL veteran has played in all 16 games only twice in his entire career.  His recent ACL injury will steer some teams toward a safer meal like mashed potatoes but having Rice participate in an entire offseason program will allow those interested to smell the dish before they decide to order it from the menu.

Jaguars' Clay Harbor inks 2-year deal

Kevin Patra of reported this week that the Jacksonville Jaguars agreed to contract terms with tight end Clay Harbor.  Harbor played in all 16 games in 2013 racking up 24 receptions for 292 yards and two touchdowns.  The end of the season was not kind to Harbor as he fractured his right ankle in Week 17.

Harbor is expected to be ready for offseason workouts where he needs to work on his blocking skills.  The Jags anticipate Harbor will be No.2 or No.3 on the TE depth chart behind Marcedes Lewis. 

Jacksonville will have at least two seasons to mold Harbor into their type of TE.

Arizona Cardinals re-sign Alameda Ta'amu

Josh Weinfuss of reported this week that the Arizona Cardinals have re-signed nose tackle Alameda Ta'amu to a one-year deal.

The agile big man split time with fellow NT Dan Williams playing 224 snaps in 2013 compared to Williams' 269.

Ta'amu is rehabbing from a torn anterior cruciate ligament he suffered in Week 17 against the San Francisco 49ers.  The Cardinals are pleased with the progress of Ta’amu’s rehab and expect him to be ready for 2014.

Check back next Sunday for another bowl of Pigskin Stew, until then stay thirsty my friends.

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