Derrius Guice suffered another injury during Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers. He is believed to have suffered an MCL sprain.
The Washington Redskins suffered a few injuries of significance against the Packers on Sunday. They lost Ryan Kerrigan and Quinton Dunbar on defense, but still managed to hold up for most of the game. Dwayne Haskins was nicked up on offense as well, but he stayed in the game and was solid while gutting out the injury.
However, the most significant injury came when Derrius Guice exited the game with an apparent leg/knee injury. He was able to walk off the field under his own power, but he didn’t return to the field after taking a low hit on a tackle.
According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the initial belief in the Redskins camp is that Guice has suffered an MCL sprain.
The MRI that Guice is having on Monday will shed more light on the issue, but if it is just a sprain, that should be a good thing.
Again, this is all speculative for the moment. And hopefully, the injury is just a sprain that he can heal from quickly. Guice learned the hard way during his rookie season, when he suffered the torn ACL, that everything isn’t always what it seems with injuries. But if this one is what it looks like, the ‘Skins should be thankful that they dodged a longer-term injury, even if it means Guice missing the final three games of the season.
As a precaution, it might make sense for the Redskins to shut down Guice for the rest of the season, even if it is just a sprain. He has already dealt with the aforementioned torn ACL and a torn meniscus through two NFL seasons, so trying to get through another knee injury in a lost season wouldn’t make much sense. Plus, even if it is just a sprain, sitting him will ensure that he will be 100 percent well before the 2020 season begins.
As nice as it might be for the ‘Skins to have Guice at their disposal given the explosive ability he has shown out of the backfield, the team can survive the rest of the season with Adrian Peterson, Chris Thompson, and Wendell Smallwood carrying the load. Dwayne Haskins will have one less weapon to work with in the passing game, but it shouldn’t stunt his progress at all.
And even if the Redskins lose all three of their final games, the silver lining is that they will have a shot at one of the top picks in the 2020 NFL Draft. So, why rush Guice back from this type of injury?
We’ll soon see what happens, but hopefully, things are okay, as they seem to be now.