Bryce Love’s time with the Washington Football Team is over — with zero games played.
Washington waived its 2019 fourth-round running back Monday, cutting the oft-injured 23-year-old whose nagging knee injury prevented him from appearing in a regular-season game across two seasons.
A Heisman Trophy candidate at Stanford, Love arrived in Washington with great fanfare despite coming off a torn ACL in college. But Love hardly resembled the superstar that rushed for more than 2,000 yards in 2017. Instead, Love missed his entire rookie year rehabbing and when he returned for camp in 2020, he couldn’t sustain a consistent workload.
During training camp, coach Ron Rivera had hoped that Love could be a dual threat in the running and passing game. He compared Love to Panthers star Christian McCaffrey, who Love actually played with at Stanford. “We’re very excited about watching a young player with his ability,” Rivera said of Love.
But Washington placed Love on injured reserve in October after his knee started to swell up again. The running back was expected to originally sit out three to four weeks, but he missed the rest of the season.
Love is the second Washington running back to not pan out in recent years after being drafted. The team also released Derrius Guice, a 2018 second-rounder who also dealt with injuries and was arrested in August on domestic violence charges.
The team appeared to hit on 2020 third-rounder Antonio Gibson, the team’s leading rusher last season. Gibson makes up the running back room along with Peyton Barber, J.D. McKissic and Lamar Miller.