Derrius Guice's 2018 campaign is over before it started. The Redskins second-round pick tore his ACL in his preseason debut against the Patriots and he will miss the season, the team announced Friday.
Adding insult to injury: The play Guice tore his ACL on was his longest run of the night, but it was called back because of holding. The former LSU star finished with six carries for 19 yards before leaving the game.
"I can walk fine,"he told reporters after the game. "I guess, at the back end of the play when I was still [fighting for yards] my feet just kind of planted weirdly on the turf and my knee just hyperextended a little bit. It's fine."
But an MRI revealed Friday that Guice's knee wasn't fine. Once he has surgery, Guice is looking at an 8-9 month recovery before he'll be cleared to return to the field.
"Yeah, it's frustrating," coach Jay Gruden said of the injury, via the Washington Post. It's hard . . . but that's football, and we have to obviously adjust, and that's why we have other players, backups, and rookies and all that."
Widely considered the second-best running back in the draft class in the weeks leading up to the 2018 NFL Draft, Guice ended up being the seventh back off the board behind Saquon Barkley (No. 2), Rashad Penny (No. 27), Sony Michel (No. 31), Nick Chubb (No. 35), Ronald Jones (No. 38) and Kerryon Johnson (No. 43). Rumors swirled about his maturity but the Redskins were unconcerned and took him with the 59th pick.
Guice filled a huge need in Washington's backfield, which ranked 28th in efficiency last season, according to Football Outsiders. His presence was supposed to make things easier for quarterback Alex Smith who may now be required to take on a bigger role, much as Kirk Cousins did a season ago when the team went 7-9 and missed the playoffs.