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Redskins’ Derrius Guice set to make preseason debut

Derrius Guice, Redskins

Derrius Guice will play organized football against an opposing team for the first time in nearly a year on Thursday night. While the Washington Redskins and their fans are no doubt a bit apprehensive about the sophomore runner’s return to the field, a tidbit from a recent practice makes it clear Guice believes he’s at or near 100 percent.

“Running back Derrius Guice, making his preseason debut after tearing his ACL last summer, will be one to watch tonight. The big key for Guice is cutting with confidence on his leg,” ESPN’s John Keim wrote on Twitter. “One nugget: At a recent practice, Guice made a sharp cut and looked back at running backs coach Randy Jordan with a look that said, “Did you see that!?” It’s all part of the process of coming back from a difficult injury. The more Guice can cut on his knee with confidence, the better off the Redskins will be offensively.”

Guice was selected with the 59th pick of last year’s draft after a standout career at LSU.

He was the talk of Washington’s training camp in the early going as a rookie, using his supreme blend of power, speed, vision, and ball skills to emerge as the team’s clear-cut bellhorse at running back. But that plan was dashed early in Guice’s first appearance on an NFL field, when he tore his left ACL on a long, tackle-breaking run in the Redskins’ preseason opener agains the New England Patriots.

Expect Guice to share the load in the backfield with veteran star Adrian Peterson, giving Washington one of the most dangerous running-back tandems in football.