If Derrius Guice didn’t have bad luck, he might have no luck at all.
The Washington Redskins’ second-year running back is now reportedly set to miss up to half the regular season with a torn meniscus. The Washington Post first reported the injury, and NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport later reported that Guice had the knee repaired Thursday morning by famed orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews.
#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
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Guice missed all of his rookie season with a torn ACL in his left knee, which he suffered in the 2018 preseason. He was slow to rebound from the injury, also tweaking his hamstring during the rehab. Guice also experienced pain in that left knee in college while at LSU but never was believed to have suffered structural damage before coming to the NFL as a second-round pick.
Guice’s latest knee injury reportedly occurred in his right knee. Guice ran for 18 yards on 10 carries and had three catches for 20 yards in Week 1 against the Philadelphia Eagles and didn’t look healthy in doing so.
Guice might have every reason to feel sorry for himself, but his most recent tweet suggests he’s trying his best to keep a positive attitude about his health concerns.
Don’t feel bad for me!! This what I signed up! It wear and tears on your body over time! I’ve been doing this 15 years!! Trust the process.. head up chin up and grind
— 2️⃣9️⃣ (@DhaSickest) September 12, 2019
With Guice out for an extended period, the 0-1 Redskins now must turn back to Adrian Peterson. Head coach Jay Gruden made a healthy Peterson — who ran for 1,042 yards and seven TDs a year ago in starting all 16 games last season — inactive in Week 1 and gave an interesting reason why he did so.
Now the Redskins appear to have little choice but to give the ball back to Peterson. Gruden initially made it sound like Guice could return to action soon, but that doesn’t appear likely now. Washington faces the Dallas Cowboys in its home opener on Sunday.
Gruden said that he and Peterson are on the same page after his benching.
“We’ve talked, he’s in a good place,” Gruden said. “Nobody’s ever happy if you’re the backup or not dressing, but you are still on the team and when your number is called, you roll.
“And Adrian is a pro, and I feel very good [that] if his number is called this week he will be ready to go and play very hard, and he’ll be Adrian Peterson.”
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