Video: Redskins RB Derrius Guice already back running at full speed
Washington Redskins running back Derrius Guice hardly looks worse for the wear after missing the entirety of his rookie campaign with a season-ending knee injury. Some six months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee, the Redskins back posted a video on Instagram Wednesday that shows him sprinting at something close to full speed.
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, 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 Reskins’ preseason opener agains the New England Patriots.
Conventional wisdom said Washington would struggle to replace the talented rookie runner, but the team received an unexpected boost by signing veteran back Adrian Peterson shortly after Guice’s injury. The future Hall of Famer exceeded even optimistic expectations with the Redskins, rushing for 1,042 yards and seven touchdowns while averaging 4.2 yards per carry.
Peterson had five rushes of more than 20 yards, including a 90-yarder that made it clear he still has some of the burst that made him one of the league’s most dangerous playmakers for the better part of a decade.
Washington is reportedly hoping to re-sign Peterson, but Guice will factor heavily in the team’s offensive attack next season either way. And if this video is any indication, he won’t be hindered by any lingering effects from last year’s injury.