Star rookie running back receives bad break and puts running game in limbo

Derrius Guice has torn his ACL and will be out for the 2018 season.  He is expected to make a full recovery and be ready for next year.

Guice was showing glimpses of his ball carrying vision and knack for finding holes last night against the New England Patriots.  It was on his sixth carry of the evening that he was tackled and had his left leg bent and twisted in an awkward fashion. He got up and then limped to the sideline where he laid while the trainers looked at him.

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Everyone on the post-game shows was optimistic that he was going to be fine due to him being all smiles in the locker room.  He said he felt fine, but with ACL’s, you can usually not tell what damage has been done until you get an MRI. Philip Rivers notoriously played a playoff game on a torn ACL and Brandon Merriweather played a full game with a torn ACL as well.

Derrius has become a fan favorite since arriving in DC and this will reverberate throughout the fan base.  It has already started to hit his teammates hard.

What’s next?

With the injury to Guice, Jay Gruden and the coaching staff will turn to the usual suspects of Rob Kelley and Samaje Perine to fill the void he will leave. What makes this injury worse for the Redskins as an offense is that Chris Thompson is still not 100 percent.  Thompson does not believe he will be fully healthy until November.

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Bruce Allen, Gruden and Doug Williams could also look outside the organization for a running back.  One candidate that is out there that raises eyebrows in Alfred Morris.

Morris is not the same running back as he was in 2012, but he has shown flashes that he can still grind out a 100-yard game.

Other candidates that could be brought in are Adrian Peterson, Jamaal Charles and Orleans Darkwa.

For now, we will have to wait and see what Jay Gruden says at his press conference tomorrow.  But, more than likely, they will stick with who is in camp with both Kelley and Perine making the roster.  Byron Marshall and Kapri Bibbs are still expected to battle for the final running back spot as Thompson’s back-up.

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