Derrius Guice

Redskins Activate RB Derruis Guice

The Redskins have formally activated running back Derrius Guice from injured reserve, the club announced today. The move had been fully expected after Washington waived fellow running back Craig Reynolds earlier this week in order to open a roster spot for Guice.

Injuries have defined the early portion of Guice’s NFL career after the Redskins selected him with the 49th overall selection in the 2018 draft. Expected to serve as Washington’s bellcow during his rookie campaign, Guice suffered a torn ACL in May, ending his year before it began. The LSU product made his Redskins debut in Week 1 of the 2019 season, but tore his meniscus and was subsequently placed on injured reserve.

Like all players designated to return from IR, Guice was required to miss at least eight games. He returned to practice in late October, opening a three-week window during which Washington needed to either add him to the 53-man roster or keep him on injured reserve for the rest of the season. Guice will officially return to action when the Redskins return from their bye to play the Jets in Week 11.

With Guice sidelined, veteran Adrian Peterson has taken over as Washington’s starting running back, averaging 19 carries for 96 yards over the club’s last four games. Guice will surely take over some of that workload, but it’s unclear just how involved he’ll be in the Redskins offense, at least initially.

Derrius Guice Set To Return After Redskins’ Bye

It appears everything has gone smoothly in Redskins running back Derrius Guice‘s recovery. Washington has cut running back Craig Reynolds in order to clear the way for Guice’s return, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network tweets.

Guice missed his entire rookie season after tearing his ACL during the preseason, and complications from surgery prolonged his initial recovery. Everyone was excited to see what he would look like in 2019, but after carrying the ball ten times for 18 yards in Week 1, he was placed on injured reserve again with a knee issue. After missing the requisite eight games, it looks like he’s going to be ready to roll in Week 11 following Washington’s bye. He returned to practice recently.

Guice has had a lot of tough luck during his short time in the pros, and hopefully he’s able to stay healthy this time around. Guice was viewed by many as the second-best running back in the 2018 draft class behind Saquon Barkley, but he fell to the Redskins with the 59th pick amid rumors of off-field issues. It’ll be very interesting to see how interim Redskins coach Bill Callahan divides the playing time in his backfield moving forward.

Callahan has committed the team to running the ball a lot more, and has been pounding the rock with Adrian Peterson since he took over for Jay Gruden. Washington isn’t going anywhere this season, so they’ll likely be cautious with Guice at first. At the same time, they obviously want to see what they have in a young guy who has barely played in his first two seasons. Reynolds is an undrafted rookie from D-II school Kutztown, who was promoted from the practice squad a few weeks back.

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Redskins’ Derrius Guice Returns To Practice

Redskins running back Derrius Guice returned to the practice field on Monday. With that, the Redskins are hoping that he’ll be able to take the field for Week 11, when they take on the Jets. 

Guice underwent knee surgery earlier this year and landed on IR for a second-straight season. All along, the Redskins planned to bring Guice back from IR using one of their two allotted slots, and that’s exactly what they’ll do, barring any setbacks.

The 2018 second-round pick suffered multiple setbacks in his recovery from last year’s knee injury, so his latest one was a major source of frustration. Despite it all, Guice has kept up the fight, with an eye on fulfilling his enormous potential.

Without Guice, the Redskins have turned to Adrian Peterson, who turned in yet another solid performance on Thursday night against the Vikings. Facing his former friends, Peterson ran for 76 yards off of 14 carries, good for 5.43 yards per tote. Over the last three games, Peterson has averaged 4.82 yards per carry, which isn’t too shabby for a 34-year-old that has been counted out on multiple occasions. Still, the Redskins know that their backfield will be even better with Guice on hand.

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Redskins To Move Derrius Guice To IR

For a second straight season, Derrius Guice will land on IR. The Redskins will go in this direction again with their starting running back, John Keim of ESPN.com tweets.

Guice underwent knee surgery earlier this week, J.P. Finlay of NBC Sports Washington notes. The Redskins plan on using one of their IR-return slots on Guice, with Ian Rapoport of NFL.com adding this injury was expected to shelve the 2018 second-rounder for 4-6 weeks (Twitter links).

Washington will not be able to redeploy Guice until Week 11. His best hope for the first two years of his NFL career will be playing in eight games. The LSU product missed all of the 2018 season due to a knee injury. While this latest setback damaged his other knee, it will still cap his season at eight games.

It took Guice most of this offseason to recover from the initial knee injury. He experienced multiple setbacks in that recovery. He will be eligible to practice again after six weeks. During that span, the Redskins look likely to reform their 2018 backfield duo of Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson. Peterson was a healthy scratch in Week 1, but after eclipsing 1,000 yards in 2018, the 34-year-old back looks set to play a key role again. The Redskins also have Wendell Smallwood, whom they claimed off waivers from the Eagles earlier this month.

The Redskins will also place defensive lineman Caleb Brantley on IR, per Keim.

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Redskins’ Derrius Guice Out Indefinitely

Redskins running back Derrius Guice will be out indefinitely thanks to his most recent knee injury, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network tweets. The silver lining is that the injury is not on the same knee that cost Guice his entire rookie season. 

Guice had surgery on Thursday morning to repair his torn meniscus. Afterwards, Guice met with Dr. James to assess his recovery plans. In the meantime, Guice’s timetable for return remains murky. The belief, for now, is that he will miss somewhere between one month and six weeks of action.

Adrian Peterson wasn’t active for the Redskins’ season opener, but he is expected to take over Guice’s workload in the interim. The Redskins also have Chris Thompson on hand, though Thompson would probably be deployed as more of a pass-catcher out of the backfield.

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Redskins’ Derrius Guice Suffers Knee Injury

Redskins running back Derrius Guice can’t catch a break. A Monday morning MRI revealed that he has suffered a knee injury that will cost him some time, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets

Guice lost his rookie season to an ACL tear and, at some point on Sunday, he suffered an injury to his other knee. Clearly, Guice was not himself against the Eagles as he amassed just 18 yards on ten carries. The silver lining here is that this is not the same knee as last year, and he will not require surgery. Still, it’s another setback for the LSU product.

In the meantime, the Redskins are expected to turn things over to Chris Thompson and Adrian Peterson. Peterson, oddly, was a healthy scratch for the Week 1 loss to the Eagles, but he’ll almost certainly be on the 46-man roster when the Redskins take on the Cowboys this Sunday.

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NFC Notes: Inactives, Peterson, Evans, Jones

Adrian Peterson will not suit up vs. the Eagles today, as Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo of NFL.com report. Redskins coach Jay Gruden has made it clear that Derrius Guice will be the starter and handle most of the rushing work.

Some of Peterson’s teammates aren’t happy that he’s a healthy scratch, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. The future Hall-of-Famer is regarded by some as the best back on the team and many members of the Redskins believed that come week 1, the question would be how many carries Guice would be taking away from Peterson and not whether Peterson would be suiting up.

Washington gave Peterson a $1.5MM signing bonus and another $1MM to re-sign with the club this offseason. No word if the team has plans to trade or release him.

Here’s more from the NFC:

  • TE Jordan Reed is among the other inactives for the Redskins, John Keim of ESPN.com tweets. QB Colt McCoy will also not suit up.
  • Mike Evans and Devin White will both play for the Buccaneers today, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter (Twitter link). The pair were listed as questionable heading into the contest will illnesses.
  • CB Byron Jones won’t start for the Cowboys today, Schefter adds in a separate tweet. Jones will play, but he’ll be limited as he is still recovering from offseason hip surgery.
  • RT Marcus Gilbert will not play for the Cardinals today, as Darren Urban relays on the team’s website. Gilbert is nursing a knee injury.

Redskins RB Derrius Guice Suffers Hamstring Injury

Derrius Guice is dealing with another injury. According to Erin Hawksworth of 106.7 The Fan (via Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk.com), the running back recently suffered a hamstring injury. The ailment may force him to miss the start of training camp, although it sounds like Guice has already had several weeks to recover from this setback.

The 2018 second-rounder was expected to lead the Redskins rushing attack as a rookie, but he missed the entire campaign after suffering a torn ACL during the preseason. It sounds like Guice had made progress in his recovery, and he was expected to be good to go for the start of the 2019 season. While this recent hamstring injury isn’t welcomed, it doesn’t sound like Guice’s comeback will be compromised.

The running back had a standout career at LSU, rushing for 2,638 yards and 26 touchdowns over his final two seasons. The Redskins were hoping for more of the same from Guice once he reached the NFL, although the 22-year-old no longer has as clear of a path to 15-20 carries per game. The Redskins will return the majority of their running backs from last season, including Adrian Peterson, Chris Thompson, and Samaje Perine. The team also selected Stanford running back Bryce Love in the fourth round of this year’s draft.

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NFC East Notes: Redskins, Guice, Giants

The Redskins’ backfield situation didn’t go as planned last year. The team drafted Derrius Guice in the second round to be their starter, but then Guice tore his ACL in the preseason. They ended up signing Adrian Peterson at the last minute, and he unexpectedly became the team’s workhorse. Peterson played well all things considered, but noticeably wore down toward the end of the year and won’t be expected to handle the same workload in 2019. Guice had some complications while recovering from his injury, but is expected to be fully recovered soon.

Guice is the much younger player who would appear to have more upside, but don’t count out Peterson yet. Speaking after a recent minicamp practice, Redskins running backs coach Randy Jordan said he envisions a 50-50 or 60-40 split between the two backs this season, per Kareem Copeland of the Washington Post. Washington was depleted by injuries last year, and getting Guice back is a great step in the right direction. Assuming they end up starting Dwayne Haskins at quarterbackthey’ll need a strong running game to help take some of the load off, and a Guice/Peterson partnership has the potential to be one of the league’s better backfields.

Here’s more from the NFC East:

  • With Haskins and Guice now in the fold, the Redskins’ offense is going to look a lot different next year. They won’t be the changes, as second-year receiver Trey Quinn is coming back from an injury of his own. A seventh round pick out of SMU last year, injuries limited Quinn to just three games as a rookie. He’s reportedly been a standout this offseason though, and the team is very high on him. Speaking to the media recently, Redskins coach Jay Gruden declared him a starter. “Trey Quinn has taken over the inside slot role,” Gruden said, per JP Finlay of NBC Sports. Quinn must’ve been really impressive in practices for the coaching staff to have this much confidence in him. After Jamison Crowder left in free agency the Redskins were left with a hole in the slot, and they’re apparently comfortable with Quinn filling it.
  • Mike Remmers signed with the Giants last month, and is widely expected to be their starting right tackle in 2019. The offseason back surgery he underwent was initially deemed minor, but Remmers didn’t participate at all during OTAs or minicamp, according to Ryan Dunleavy of NJ.com. Remmers apparently isn’t fully healthy, and Dunleavy thinks there’s a chance Chad Wheeler will take advantage of the opportunity to keep the starting job. Wheeler, a 2017 UDFA, was the starter for most of last season, but played poorly. Remmers is still the favorite, but if he can’t get back soon he might end up losing the job.
  • In the same piece, Dunleavy also breaks down the Giants’ situation at receiver beyond Sterling Shepard and Golden Tate. Shepard and Tate are locked in as the top two options, but there’s not much clarity after that. Cody Latimer and Bennie Fowler both operated as the third receiver last season, but Dunleavy thinks Corey Coleman is the favorite for that role in 2019. Dunleavy writes that Coleman showed well in recent practices, as “Latimer started the offseason with the upper hand and Coleman finished with the edge.” A 2016 first round pick of the Browns, Coleman has had a bumpy road in the pros. The Browns, Patriots, and Bills have all given up on the Baylor product, but it looks like he could make a home for himself in New York.

Latest On Redskins’ RB Situation

The Redskins selected Stanford running back Bryce Love in the fourth round of the 2019 draft yesterday, and running back Derrius Guice — whom Washington drafted in the second round last year — promptly tweeted out a nonplussed emoji that drew plenty of attention on the NFL Network’s draft coverage. Guice later said his tweet was not a response to the Love selection at all, but regardless of his thoughts on the matter, the pick does set up an interesting dynamic in the team’s RB room.

Guice, of course, tore his ACL last August, thereby ending his rookie campaign before it started. There was a report in December that his recovery had hit a snag, though he was said to be sprinting at full-speed in February. The last we heard, Guice was aiming for a training camp return, and as Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk wrote this morning, head coach Jay Gruden expects the LSU product to be back prior to the start of training camp. Gruden also refuted the December report that Guice’s rehab was delayed, and he added that the Love selection is no reflection on Guice.

Gruden said, “[The Love pick] is no reflection of anybody. We just got an opportunity to draft one heck of a player with an unbelievable production at a big-time school.”

Love entered his final collegiate season as a potential Heisman candidate after a tremendous junior year, but he put together an underwhelming campaign before tearing his ACL in December. There has been some chatter that Love could redshirt his rookie season in Washington as he continues to recover, but Love himself said he plans to be ready to go by the middle of training camp.

That is probably a little ambitious, and Love may very well spend the entire season the PUP list. But if he is ready to suit up at some point this year, it would create a logjam in Washington. The team is also rostering Adrian Peterson — who signed a two-year pact in March — Chris Thompson, and Samaje Perine. As Florio notes, one or more of those players will be on the move when Love is ready to go.

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