Washington releases RB Derrius Guice following domestic violence arrest
Guice, 23, turned himself in to Loudoun County authorities on Friday in Virginia. He was charged with multiple counts of assault and battery along with felony strangulation, the Washington Post reported.
Washington, which removed the “Redskins” nickname from the franchise this past offseason, released a statement on removing Derrius Guice from the team:
We have released RB Derrius Guice pic.twitter.com/L3mOP8GCIX
— Washington Football Team (@WashingtonNFL) August 7, 2020
On Friday evening, JP Finlay of NBC Sports reported that Guice turned himself in to the police. Upon doing so, Guice was charged with domestic violence.
Guice’s career with Washington ended before it really ever took off. The LSU product was selected by Washington in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft. However, he failed to play in a regular-season game that year after suffering a season-ending knee injury in his preseason debut.
Then, last season, Guice was able to play in five games for Washington following his injury-marred rookie campaign. He rushed for 245 yards and two touchdowns in those five games. But once again, Guice had his season cut short due to a nagging knee ailment.
With Derrius Guice no longer on the team, Adrian Peterson could now be the starter in Week 1 for Washington. At the same time, Bryce Love and Peyton Barber could get expanded roles. Rookie Antonio Gibson could also be utilized more in the backfield.
Entering the 2020 season, Derrius Guice was expected to finally emerge as the No. 1 running back for Washington. But after making an awful mistake, his career in the NFL could be coming to a close.