- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 14, 2019

When a report emerged Friday that Redskins running back Derrius Guice suffered a hamstring injury that could keep him out at the start of training camp, fans quickly became alarmed. Guice, after all, is coming off a torn ACL that cost him his rookie season.

But Guice responded to the rumor with a message of his own.

“I don’t listen to the noise,” Guice tweeted. “I know what’s going on with me.”

106.7 The Fan’s Erin Hawksworth initially tweeted: “Redskins running back Derrius Guice suffered a hamstring injury and is questionable for the start of training camp, according to two sources.”

After Guice’s tweet about his health, a fan responded to the running back by pointing out a lot of people were “freaking out” — leading Guice to reply: “For no reason.”

Guice, a 2018 second-round draft pick, has yet to practice this offseason while he recovers from his knee injury. Redskins coach Jay Gruden has said the team’s plan is for the 22-year-old to be eased back into the fold at training camp, which begins July 25. Guice is expected to be a major contributor for the Redskins’ offense this year alongside veteran running back Adrian Peterson.

Last year, the Redskins were eager for the LSU product’s potential impact in the run game. Coaches and teammates raved about his ability to be an “angry runner,” and Guice soon became a fan favorite in the District. But Guice’s season ended before it could really get started. In the first quarter of Washington’s preseason game against the New England Patriots, Guice limped off the field — later finding out he had torn his ACL. It was a devastating blow for the team at the time, though the Redskins recovered by adding Peterson in Guice’s absence.

While Peterson anchored the Redskins’ offense for much of 2018, Guice spent his time behind the scenes working on his comeback. In December, he revealed to The Washington Post that his rehab has been delayed due to a post-op infection — requiring three additional procedures to address the infected tissue.

In the months since, Guice has frequently uploaded videos and pictures on social media of him working out. In April, he pushed back a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter — who said the running back was “coming along a little bit slower than people would like” — by tweeting “when they say you’re behind schedule #GTFO” and included a laughing emoji, along with four photos of him working on his rehab.

Derrius is coming along very well,” Gruden said in May. “We’re just trying to make sure that leg, the quad and everything has full strength before we let him go.”

If Guice can’t begin the start of training camp, the Redskins will still have Peterson, Chris Thompson and Samaje Perine, among others, available to split reps. Gruden said earlier this offseason that he was particularly impressed with Perine, a 2017 fourth-rounder who received just eight rushing attempts last year.

The Redskins’ plan, however, is for a healthy Guice to split carries with Peterson — a formula Peterson said he feels like can work.

“You got a guy like Guice, and from what I’ve seen in the preseason, before he got hurt he’s good,” Peterson said last month. “Obviously, we know what he did in college. As long as we’re both being productive, I’m open arms on whatever they decide to do. I’m all about winning and helping these young guys.”

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