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.
Guice (knee) said he is feeling better and plans to stay in Virginia for offseason rehab, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports. Guice will stay at the team facility to receive treatment for his MCL sprain while the Redskins continue their search for a new general manager and a new head coach. Given that he suffered his injury Dec. 8, the 22-year-old running back should be ready for the start of the offseason program in early April, though his mounting history of knee injuries remains a major concern. Guice is a clear favorite to handle the lead backfield role in Washington if he can just stay healthy, coming off a 2019 campaign with 42 carries for 245 yards (5.8 average) and two touchdowns, plus seven catches for 79 yards and another score on nine targets. Granted, he only played five games, and he produced more than half his rushing yards in a single contest -- a Week 13 matchup with Carolina's incompetent run defense. Fellow running backs Chris Thompson and Wendell Smallwood are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents this offseason, while Adrian Peterson and Bryce Love (knee) are under contract for 2020.
Guice (knee) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Washington won't press its luck with a player that has already suffered severe knee injuries in both of his first two pro campaigns. Guice thus won't suit up again in 2019 after spraining the MCL in his left knee this past Sunday at Green Bay. In five appearances this season, he averaged 5.8 YPC and scored two touchdowns on his 42 rushes while tallying seven catches (on nine targets) for 79 yards and another TD. Expect Adrian Peterson to lead Washington's backfield the rest of the way, with Chris Thompson, Wendell Smallwood and Josh Ferguson in reserve roles.
Guice underwent an MRI on Monday that revealed a sprained MCL but no damage to his ACL, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Rapoport adds that the organization will be cautious with Guice the rest of the season, and it's already been determined that he will not play in Week 15 against the Eagles. Guice suffered the injury in Sunday's loss to Green Bay and was unable to return. Adrian Peterson figures to be Washington's primary back Sunday and perhaps the rest of the season depending on Guice's recovery timeline.
Interim coach Bill Callahan said Monday that Guice (knee) has been ruled out for the Redskins' Week 15 matchup with the Eagles, John Keim of ESPN.com reports. The results of the MRI that Guice underwent earlier Monday aren't yet available, but the Redskins apparently aren't willing to take any chances with the running back after he injured his left knee in Sunday's 20-15 loss to the Packers. That knee is the same one in which Guice tore his ACL in the 2018 preseason, wiping out his entire rookie campaign. Tom Pelissero of NFL Network relayed shortly after the contest that the Redskins believe Guice may have suffered an MCL sprain, and if the MRI confirms that diagnosis, the 22-year-old could end up missing the remainder of the season. Guice's absence for at least Week 15 clears the way for Adrian Peterson to operate as the Redskins' undisputed No. 1 option on the ground.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|5||10/11||Los Angeles Rams||18||18.00|
|6||10/18||@New York Giants||17||17.75|
|9||11/08||New York Giants||17||17.75|
|14||12/13||@San Francisco 49ers||3||12.16|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||42||245||2||7||79||1||49|