Redskins RB Derrius Guice out ‘indefinitely’ after undergoing knee surgery
Bad news doesn’t really slow down around the Washington Redskins, does it? Derrius Guice is the most promising young talent on their offense. He missed all of last season with a torn ACL though.
Now after just one game in his second season, he’s set to miss time again. It’s been known that Guice got hurt in Washington’s Week 1 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. However, how long he’d be out for was a mystery.
A meniscus injury was known. If he opted for surgery, the timetable would be a lot longer. However, if he didn’t get surgery, there were talks that Guice could be ready by Week 3.
Now it’s known though, Guice had surgery. This makes this clear, and unclear at the same time.
#Redskins RB Derrius Guice had surgery to trim a torn meniscus this morning, sources say. He is in Pensacola meeting with Dr. James Andrews, who performed the procedure. Guice is out indefinitely, as the team considers its roster options.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 12, 2019
So Guice is now out for the foreseeable future. He’s expected to be out somewhere between 6-8 weeks.
Of course, this puts Adrian Peterson back in as the starting running back. After being a healthy inactive Week 1, the brunt of the running game is back on his shoulders.
The Redskins do not need to make a move for a running back though. Yes, depth wouldn’t hurt. They do already have enough options though. Peterson is the starter with Chris Thompson set to be the third-down/receiving back.
That leaves Wendell Smallwood in the same role he had in Week 1. He’s the third-string running back and the special teams specialist.
Yes, this is a blow to the Redskins. Having a Hall of Famer ready to take over though isn’t the worst thing in the world. It definitely softens the blow and can help Washington’s offense not skip a beat in the transition.
Hopefully, Guice can return healthy and prove to the NFL world he’s a dangerous running back.