Derrius Guice Injury Update: Reportedly dealing with meniscus injury

Derrius Guice suffered a knee injury in the Washington Redskins’ season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles. Reportedly, it’s a meniscus injury.

The Washington Redskins suffered a couple of key injuries in their Week 1 battle with the Philadelphia Eagles. Defensive end Jonathan Allen left the game in the first half after suffering a knee injury. That issue was deemed a sprain and it will render him week-to-week moving forward.

The other injury was a bit of a surprise. On Monday, it was confirmed that the team’s running back, Derrius Guice, had also suffered a knee injury and that he was expected to miss time. The severity of the injury wasn’t known at first, but it was certainly a concern given that he had missed all of last season with a torn ACL.

Per ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, Guice’s injury is related to the meniscus. He’s hoping it’s a sprain and that he will be able to recover in a few weeks.

Of course, a meniscus cannot be strained, as it is cartilage, but the fact is that it looks like it’s potentially a minor tear. If this is the case, this is good news. A minor injury would sideline Guice for about a month but would afford him the opportunity to return at some point in the season. In his stead, having Adrian Peterson carry the load wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing for the Redskins.

However, it’s possible that the diagnosis could change pending the results of the test. We saw this last season firsthand when it was believed Guice hadn’t sustained a serious knee injury but later found out that he had, in fact, suffered a torn ACL. So, until the injury and Guice’s timeline is confirmed, we won’t be 100 percent certain about it.

Either way, it’s discouraging that Guice is dealing with another knee injury. The team will have to play it safe with him. Hopefully, he can get back on the field at some point in the near future, but thanks to the presence of Peterson, they don’t have to rush him back.

Of course, this injury also brings up the fact that Peterson was benched by head coach Jay Gruden. It was a move that was questionable from the start but now looks worse in the wake of Guice’s injury.