After working his way back all offseason from a torn ACL he sustained in his first taste of the NFL preseason last year, Washington Redskins RB Derrius Guice has suffered another medical setback in his sophomore season.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Guice had surgery to repair a partially torn meniscus in his right knee. While there is no timetable for Guice’s return, the talented ball carrier is expected back within the next 6-8 weeks depending on how his body recovers from the operation.
#Redskins RB Derrius Guice had surgery to trim a torn meniscus this morning, sources say. He is in Pensacola meeting with Dr. James Andrews, who performed the procedure. Guice is out indefinitely, as the team considers its roster options.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 12, 2019
This is a major blow to a Washington Redskins organization desperate for any positive momentum after a couple of down years. Washington selected Derrius Guice with the 59th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and will now have to wait even longer to see him fully healthy after missing all of his rookie year and now set to miss a chunk of his sophomore campaign as well. Guice also took to Twitter to relay the news.
Don’t feel bad for me!! This what I signed up! It wear and tears on your body over time! I’ve been doing this 15 years!! Trust the process.. head up chin up and grind
— 2??9?? (@DhaSickest) September 12, 2019
The good news for Guice and the Redskins is that his meniscus injury is not in the same knee as the ACL operation he underwent last year. However, Guice has had problems in both knees in the past so this makes his recent string of injuries that much more concerning.
While no one has pinned the Redskins as world-beaters or even a playoff-caliber team this season, they have a chance to shake things up in the NFC East thanks to a revamped roster. However, without their star ballcarrier toting the rock, it’ll be hard for Washington to have much of an impact if any on the playoff picture. Veteran running back Adrian Peterson will fill in for Guice during his absence after he was a healthy scratch Week 1.