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.