- The Washington Times - Friday, August 10, 2018

Redskins rookie running back Derrius Guice suffered a torn ACL in Thursday’s game against the New England Patriots and will miss the 2018 season, the team announced Friday.

Guice, a second-round pick out of LSU, was injured on a run play in the first quarter. He told reporters afterward he was fine, but an MRI on Friday revealed the diagnosis.

The injury is devastating news to the Redskins, who drafted Guice to fix their 28th-ranked run offense from 2017. Washington will now rely on Rob Kelley and Samaje Perine to be their primary backs, while Chris Thompson will continue his role as a third-down specialist.

The news is also a significant blow to Guice — and the latest knee injury to slow down his football career. Last year at LSU, Guice was hampered by a hyperextended knee, limiting his snaps and forcing him to miss a game.

“God never makes mistakes,” Guice tweeted.

Washington took Guice with the 59th overall pick after the running back fell on draft night over concerns about his maturity. Guice and the Redskins pushed back against those claims — and the 21-year-old quickly fit in with teammates and became a fan favorite.

Before his injury, Guice was having a strong training camp, taking snaps with the first unit and displaying the same “violent” running style that he was known for. He was set to be part of a reworked offense after the Redskins traded for quarterback Alex Smith and signed wide receiver Paul Richardson.

But now, Guice will spend the 2018 season rehabbing. ACL tears typically take at least six months to recover from and the track record of being the same player has been mixed.

In 2012, Adrian Peterson notably returned from the injury and had a career-high 2,097 yards en route to being named the league’s MVP. But there are other running backs, such as Ronnie Brown and Edgerrin James, who were never the same after the injury.

In a statement, the Redskins said Guice was expected to make a full recovery and looked forward to playing in 2019.

Still, Guice’s injury continues the streak of bad luck for the organization. The Redskins were the most injured team last season when accounting for the impact of the players lost, according to Football Outsiders. Washington had 23 players on injured reserve.

Washington has also had a recent history of their high-profile draft picks not being able to stay healthy. In 2016, first-rounder Josh Doctson missed all but two games with an Achilles injury and the following year, 2017 first-rounder Jonathan Allen was out the last 11 games with a season-ending foot injury.

Daron Payne, the team’s 2018 first round pick, is nursing a high-ankle sprain, which caused him to be out 2-3 weeks. Payne has made progress and is expected to return soon.

Guice wasn’t the only player injured in Thursday’s preseason opener, either. Tight end Manasseh Garner suffered a torn ACL, while wide receiver Trey Quinn (stomach) and defensive end Matt Ioannidis (leg) were also hurt.

Some of Guice’s teammates took to social media to voice their support for the rookie:


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