Love was placed on injured reserve Friday with a knee injury, Sam Fortier of The Washington Post reports. The 23-year-old has been experiencing swelling in his knee over the past few days, so Washington will shut him down for a bit to allow a full recovery. Love must spend the next three weeks on the shelf before being eligible to rejoin the active roster. He was a healthy scratch for the first three games of the year, so the offense is unlikely to be impacted by his absence.
Love (coach's decision) is listed as inactive Week 3 against Cleveland. This is becoming the new norm for Love, who made the final roster but has yet to see the field through three weeks of action. Washington will again proceed with Antonio Gibson, J.D. McKissic and Peyton Barber as the lead backs this week against the Browns.
Love (coach's decision) is listed as inactive Sunday against the Eagles. With Adrian Peterson out of the picture, Washington's backfield was unsettled with Love competing with rookie Antonio Gibson and veterans J.D. McKissic and Peyton Barber. Love's placement on the Week 1 inactive list makes him the odd man out to start the campaign and pushes back his NFL debut. He has yet to suit up as a pro since he was selected in the fourth round of the 2019 draft, the result of a torn ACL near the end of the 2018 season at Stanford.
With Adrian Peterson no longer in the mix, Sam Fortier and Nicki Jhabvala of the Washington Post project that Love will be one of four running backs Washington carries heading into Week 1. The others are rookie Antonio Gibson, pass-catching back J.D. McKissic and the bruising Peyton Barber, though it's possible the team could add another option via trade or through the waiver process. Love, a 2019 fourth-rounder, is working his way back from a knee injury that he suffered in college at Stanford, but when healthy, the 5-foot-9, 205-pounder could, in time, emerge as an option for every-down work for Washington. With that in mind, ESPN's John Keim relays that Love "has been practicing all summer and one source said this week" the team feels that "in a couple of months, he can perhaps get back to where he was in college." That projection bodes well for Love's chances of factoring in at some point this season, though early on, we'd expect the team utilize a committee approach, with Love's role to be determined.
Love has mostly been working with the second- and third-string units in practice, and his place on the roster could depend on Washington's decision between keeping three or four running backs, according to Ben Standig of The Athletic. Adrian Peterson and Antonio Gibson are roster locks, and J.D. McKissic also appears to be in good position, sporting a $1 million contract guarantee and a unique skill set for third downs. It does seem Love would be a better choice than Peyton Barber for the fourth spot, but there's no guarantee that job even exists, as many teams carry only three RBs. It helps that Love is a recent fourth-round pick (2019), and we did see reports last week that he was getting some run with the first-team offense while Peterson had a day off. For fantasy purposes, Peterson is the safest best to get carries early in the season, while Gibson is the one with long-term upside. Love probably needs one of those two to be injured before he can get significant work.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|9||11/08||New York Giants||21||19.00|
|14||12/13||@San Francisco 49ers||2||11.00|
|3 Year Avg||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|