Redskins rookie running back Bryce Love is set to undergo knee surgery tomorrow, reports NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport (via Twitter). It will be a minor procedure that’s “aimed at speeding up the rehab from his original knee surgery.” JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington was first with the news (on Twitter).
Back in 2017, Love was one of the top running back prospects in the country, as he compiled more than 2,000 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns for Stanford. However, he struggled a bit during his senior campaign, and he ended up tearing his ACL during his final regular season game. The injury had a slight impact on his draft stock; while he was originally projected to be selected in the second or third round of the 2019 draft, he ended up falling to the fourth.
The Redskins still believed in Love’s potential, and the running back was basically expected to redshirt his rookie season. There was pessimism that Love wouldn’t fully recover from his injury, so the Redskins will naturally bring him along slowly. While tomorrow’s surgery is intended to speed up the process, it will still be a while before Love makes his NFL debut.
The Redskins have had some tough luck at running back, as former second-rounder Derrius Guice has been limited to a single game since entering the NFL. The 22-year-old is currently recovering from a torn meniscus, and he could be activated from the injured reserve later this season. Thanks in part to the injuries, the Redskins have been forced to give a 34-year-old Adrian Peterson the majority of their carries this season.
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