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Redskins’ rookie Derrius Guice out with torn ACL, doors open for others to contribute

Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports Rookie Derrius Guice’s much-anticipated debut season in the NFL is already over before it began.
He exited the game after the tackle and was evaluated by the team’s medical staff, and though he was standing on the sidelines after the injury, Friday’s MRI didn’t bear any positive news.
Per NFL’s Ian Rapoport, there was hope Guice had only suffered an MCL injury, but the young running back’s walk off the plane “was concerning.” The MRI later revealed a torn ACL and ending the young running back’s season.
Guice ran with bad intentions in his career with the Tigers, averaging north of 4.0 yards after contact per attempt in each of his first two seasons with the team (2015-16).
Kelley, a 6-foot, 229-pound thumper of a back enjoyed quite the coming-out party as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2016.
He averaged an impressive 2.84 yards after contact per attempt and forced 35 missed tackles across 168 carries, ranking T-10th and 13th, respectively, among running backs with 100-plus carries that season.
In Weeks 11-17, Perine averaged 2.65 yards after contact per attempt, ranking 12th among running backs with at least 100 attempts in said span.
Former Redskins superstar Alfred Morris may be north of three years removed from his last 1,000-yard season with Washington, but there’s reason to believe he still has some gas left in the tank.
In fact, his 2017 campaign was the first year in which he had north of 153 yards in any single season, as he finished with 751 rushing yards on 171 attempts (4.4 yards per carry).
Darkwa finished outside of the top-40 qualifying running backs in elusive rating (31.0) and forced missed tackles per touch (0.105) a year ago, but he did mange to finish 15th in yards after contact per attempt (2.94).

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Jul 28, 2018; Richmond, VA, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith (11) hands the ball off to Redskins running back Derrius Guice (29) during drills on day three of Redskins training camp at Washington Redskins Bon Secours Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Rookie Derrius Guice’s much-anticipated debut season in the NFL is already over before it began. The Washington Redskins running back will miss the entire 2018 season after suffering a torn ACL just minutes into the team’s first preseason game against the New England Patriots on Thursday.

Selected in the second round of this year’s draft, former LSU standout Guice went down awkwardly as he was tackled from behind on an impressive 34-yard scamper negated by a holding penalty. He exited the game after the tackle and was evaluated by the team’s medical staff, and though he was standing on the sidelines after the injury, Friday’s MRI didn’t bear any positive news.

Per NFL’s Ian Rapoport, there was hope Guice had only suffered an MCL injury, but the young running back’s walk off the plane “was concerning.” The MRI later revealed a torn ACL and ending the young running back’s season. He had suffered a hyperextended knee (yes, the same knee) at LSU but opted against surgery, also per Rapoport.

Guice ran with bad intentions in his career with the Tigers, averaging north of 4.0 yards after contact per attempt in each of his first two seasons with the team (2015-16). He also flashed big-play potential through the end of his collegiate career, as he earned 1,499 yards on breakaway (15 or more yards) runs from 2015-17 – the 13th most among all FBS running backs in the three-year span.

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