A Virginia judge dismissed four misdemeanor domestic violence charges against Guice on Wednesday after he reached a settlement with his ex-girlfriend, John Keim of ESPN.com reports. Guice was arrested in Loudoun County, Va. last August for his involvement in three separate incidents of alleged assault and battery of his ex-girlfriend that occurred earlier in 2020. Washington released Guice from its roster the same day as his arrest, and the 24-year-old running back subsequently went unsigned after clearing waivers. Though the settlement means Guice won't serve jail time, his future in football remains murky. Even though he had his charges dropped, Guice could still face discipline from the league in connection with the arrest. Additionally, Guice is facing three accusations of sexual assault from his time at LSU; the university has since ended its association with him.
Guice passed through waivers unclaimed Sunday, Albert Breer of TheMMQB.com reports. The lack of interest from teams isn't a surprise considering what led to the Washington Football Team's recent decision to cut ties with the third-year running back. The legal process will play itself out before the NFL decides on potential punishment, so Guice getting a chance with another organization likely is in the distant future, if it happens at all.
Guice has been released by the Washington Football Team following an off-field incident. In a statement Friday, the team announced the running back's release in the wake of an alleged potential domestic violence-related incident that led to multiple charges being filed against Guice.
Guice (knee) relayed Monday via his personal Twitter account that he received full medical clearance for training camp. After an MCL sprain sidelined him for Washington's final three games of 2019, Guice had previously declared himself fully healthy in late January, but his post Monday suggests he's now gotten in front of a doctor and passed a physical. Guice is expected to enter camp without any restrictions, but his history of knee issues through his first two NFL seasons make it unlikely that he'll be counted on to handle a heavy workload in 2020. When healthy, Guice profiles as the top option in the Washington backfield, though veterans Adrian Peterson and Peyton Barber are also candidates to have roles in the ground game, while rookie Antonio Gibson and free-agent pickup J.D. McKissic could be the club's primary options on passing downs.
Guice said Friday that he's healed from the MCL sprain that caused him to spend the final three games of the 2019 season on injured reserve, Kareem Copeland of the Washington Post reports. Due to a trio of knee injuries -- two of which required surgeries --- Guice has only appeared in five contests since being selected by Washington in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft. All of his injuries resulted in trips to injured reserve, so it's certainly encouraging that he's managed kick off the offseason healthy. The 22-year-old will now shift his attention toward rehab in order to rebuild strength in his knee and the muscles surrounding it, with the goal of retaining his speed and ability to make quick cuts. Even full participation throughout OTAs and training camp would do little to alleviate concerns about the running back's durability, but Guice will be the favorite to lead Washington's backfield in 2020 if he can just stay healthy.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/12||Los Angeles Chargers||14||16.75|
|2||09/16||New York Giants||17||17.50|
|5||10/10||New Orleans Saints||2||13.00|
|6||10/17||Kansas City Chiefs||25||19.32|
|7||10/24||@Green Bay Packers||27||20.33|
|10||11/14||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1||12.30|
|13||12/05||@Las Vegas Raiders||29||22.38|
|18||01/09||@New York Giants||17||17.50|
|3 Year Avg||21||122||1||4||40||0||22|