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Derrius Guice

Derrius Guice

Running Back #29
Team: Washington Redskins
Ht / Wt:5'10" / 224 lb.
Born:June 21, 1997
Drafted:2018 / Rd. 2 (59)
Draft Team:WAS

Derrius Guice: Goes unclaimed on waivers

Guice passed through waivers unclaimed Sunday, Albert Breer of TheMMQB.com reports.

Analysis: The lack of interest from teams isn't a surprise considering what led to the Washington Football Team's recent decision to cut ties with the third-year running back. The legal process will play itself out before the NFL decides on potential punishment, so Guice getting a chance with another organization likely is in the distant future, if it happens at all.

August 9, 2020 2:07 PM EST

Derrius Guice: Dropped by Washington Football Team

Guice has been released by the Washington Football Team following an off-field incident.

Analysis: In a statement Friday, the team announced the running back's release in the wake of an alleged potential domestic violence-related incident that led to multiple charges being filed against Guice.

August 7, 2020 4:09 PM EST

Derrius Guice: Passes physical

Guice (knee) relayed Monday via his personal Twitter account that he received full medical clearance for training camp.

Analysis: After an MCL sprain sidelined him for Washington's final three games of 2019, Guice had previously declared himself fully healthy in late January, but his post Monday suggests he's now gotten in front of a doctor and passed a physical. Guice is expected to enter camp without any restrictions, but his history of knee issues through his first two NFL seasons make it unlikely that he'll be counted on to handle a heavy workload in 2020. When healthy, Guice profiles as the top option in the Washington backfield, though veterans Adrian Peterson and Peyton Barber are also candidates to have roles in the ground game, while rookie Antonio Gibson and free-agent pickup J.D. McKissic could be the club's primary options on passing downs.

July 27, 2020 1:38 PM EST

Derrius Guice: Recovered from MCL sprain

Guice said Friday that he's healed from the MCL sprain that caused him to miss the final three games of the 2019 season on injured reserve, Kareem Copeland of the Washington Post reports.

Analysis: Guice has only appeared in five contests since being selected by Washington in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft, due to a trio of knee injuries (two of which required surgeries) which all ended in trips to IR -- so it's certainly encouraging that he's managed kick off the offseason healthy. The 22-year-old will now shift his attention toward rehab to rebuild strength in his knee and the muscles surrounding it, with the goal of retaining his speed and ability to make quick cuts. Even full participation throughout OTAs and training camp would do little to alleviate concerns about the running back's durability after three trips to IR in two seasons, but Guice will be the favorite to lead Washington's backfield in 2020 if he can just stay healthy.

January 31, 2020 3:39 PM EST

Derrius Guice: Rehabbing at team facility

Guice (knee) said he is feeling better and plans to stay in Virginia for offseason rehab, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports.

Analysis: Guice will stay at the team facility to receive treatment for his MCL sprain while the Redskins continue their search for a new general manager and a new head coach. Given that he suffered his injury Dec. 8, the 22-year-old running back should be ready for the start of the offseason program in early April, though his mounting history of knee injuries remains a major concern. Guice is a clear favorite to handle the lead backfield role in Washington if he can just stay healthy, coming off a 2019 campaign with 42 carries for 245 yards (5.8 average) and two touchdowns, plus seven catches for 79 yards and another score on nine targets. Granted, he only played five games, and he produced more than half his rushing yards in a single contest -- a Week 13 matchup with Carolina's incompetent run defense. Fellow running backs Chris Thompson and Wendell Smallwood are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents this offseason, while Adrian Peterson and Bryce Love (knee) are under contract for 2020.

December 30, 2019 11:26 AM EST

Derrius Guice: Won't play again this season

The Redskins placed Guice (knee) on injured reserve Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The team won't press its luck with a player that has already suffered severe knee injuries in both of his first two pro campaigns. Guice thus won't suit up again in 2019 after spraining the MCL in his left knee this past Sunday at Green Bay. In five appearances this season, he averaged 5.8 YPC and scored two touchdowns on his 42 rushes while tallying seven catches (on nine targets) for 79 yards and another TD. Expect Adrian Peterson to lead the Redskins' backfield the rest of the way, with Chris Thompson, Wendell Smallwood and Josh Ferguson in reserve roles.

December 10, 2019 2:12 PM EST

Derrius Guice: MCL sprain confirmed

Guice underwent an MRI on Monday that revealed a sprained MCL but no damage to his ACL, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Rapoport adds that the organization will be cautious with Guice the rest of the season, and it's already been determined that he will not play in Week 15 against the Eagles. Guice suffered the injury in Sunday's loss to Green Bay and was unable to return. Adrian Peterson figures to be Washington's primary back Sunday and perhaps the rest of the season depending on Guice's recovery timeline.

December 10, 2019 7:21 AM EST

Derrius Guice: Ruled out for Week 15

Interim coach Bill Callahan said Monday that Guice (knee) has been ruled out for the Redskins' Week 15 matchup with the Eagles, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The results of the MRI that Guice underwent earlier Monday aren't yet available, but the Redskins apparently aren't willing to take any chances with the running back after he injured his left knee in Sunday's 20-15 loss to the Packers. That knee is the same one in which Guice tore his ACL in the 2018 preseason, wiping out his entire rookie campaign. Tom Pelissero of NFL Network relayed shortly after the contest that the Redskins believe Guice may have suffered an MCL sprain, and if the MRI confirms that diagnosis, the 22-year-old could end up missing the remainder of the season. Guice's absence for at least Week 15 clears the way for Adrian Peterson to operate as the Redskins' undisputed No. 1 option on the ground.

December 9, 2019 12:07 PM EST

Derrius Guice: May have MCL sprain

Guice may have suffered a sprained MCL during Sunday's 20-15 loss at Green Bay, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: For a player with two significant knee injuries on his medical chart in less than two seasons as a pro, Guice is in danger of missing game action yet again. An MRI will reveal the extent of the issue no later than Monday, per John Keim of ESPN.com. In the wake of this development, the Redskins may turn to Adrian Peterson as their primary running back, with Chris Thompson and Wendell Smallwood in reserve.

December 8, 2019 4:09 PM EST

Derrius Guice: MRI on tap

Guice (knee) will have an MRI on Monday, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Guice exited Sunday's loss to the Packers with a lower-body injury that was first described as being to his leg before more specifics were divulged. The second-year back has a rather infamous history of knee injuries, so all parties will be hoping Guice can avoid missing the balance of the season.

December 8, 2019 3:33 PM EST

Derrius Guice: Ruled out of Sunday's contest

Guice (knee) won't return to Sunday's game in Green Bay.

Analysis: Guice suffered a knee injury at the end of a 23-yard run in the second quarter, thus ending his day with five carries for 42 yards. Due to his rich history of serious knee concerns, his status will be one to watch in the coming days. The Redskins are left with Adrian Peterson, Chris Thompson and Wendell Smallwood at running back.

December 8, 2019 11:48 AM EST

Derrius Guice: Picks up knee injury

Guice suffered a knee injury during Sunday's game at Green Bay.

Analysis: Guice ripped off a 23-yard run in the middle of the second quarter, but upon getting tackled he remained on the turf before visibly limping to the sideline. He's already sustained two serious knee injuries in his pro career, so the current issue is cause for concern. The Redskins will turn to Adrian Peterson, Chris Thompson and potentially Wendell Smallwood as long as Guice is sidelined.

December 8, 2019 11:10 AM EST

Derrius Guice: Scores twice in career game

Guice carried 10 times for 129 yards and two touchdowns Sunday against the Panthers. He also caught two of three targets for an additional eight yards in the 29-21 win.

Analysis: Although Guice came in with just 74 rushing yards in three prior outings this season, he exploded for 12.9 yards per carry while topping the 100-yard mark for the first time. He also scored his first two NFL rushing touchdowns on a pair of one-yard plunges to cap off his excellent performance. Guice should have every opportunity to flourish down the stretch and will look to do so in a favorable matchup next Sunday against the Packers.

December 1, 2019 3:26 PM EST

Derrius Guice: Bottled up in win

Guice ran for 32 yards on 10 carries and had a six-yard catch during Sunday's 19-16 win over Detroit.

Analysis: Guice enjoyed an even split of work Sunday with veteran Adrian Peterson, both struggling to gain many yards on 11 total touches apiece. Washingon's rush offense has struggled over the past two weeks and, while Peterson can hang his hat on a handful of big-time games from earlier the season, Guice is averaging just 2.7 yards per carry in three games this season. A favorable matchup comes Sunday against a Carolina defense ranked 29th in the league, surrendering 4.9 yards per run, but opponents figure to crowd the box until rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins poses a more consistent threat.

November 24, 2019 2:48 PM EST

Derrius Guice: Vying for work in three-man backfield

Guice will be forced to contend with Adrian Peterson and Wendell Smallwood for snaps and touches out of the backfield Sunday against the Lions with Chris Thompson (toe) inactive for the contest, Kareem Copeland of The Washington Post reports.

Analysis: The Washington running-back room looked like it could become even more crowded in Week 12 with Chris Thompson carrying a questionable tag into the matchup, but he was ultimately ruled out for a fifth consecutive game. With the pass-catching specialist still out of the mix, the status quo will remain in place for the three available backs, though how the workload will be divvied up between the trio is difficult to predict. Smallwood led the group with a 44 percent offensive snap share in the Week 11 loss to the Jets, but saw the fewest touches on the day (one). Meanwhile, Guice (28 percent snap share, eight touches) and Peterson (24 percent, 11 touches) received similar playing time and overall involvement on offense.

November 24, 2019 8:47 AM EST

Derrius Guice: Backfield suddenly jumbled

Guice may have to contend with Chris Thompson (toe) for reps Sunday against the Lions, Ben Standig of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Sidelined since picking up a turf toe injury Week 6, Thompson practiced in a limited capacity Wednesday and Thursday, opening the door for a return to action Week 12. Meanwhile, Adrian Peterson has been a DNP both days, but interim coach Bill Callahan maintains he'll return Friday and play Sunday, per Rhiannon Walker of The Athletic. If Peterson and Thompson are active, the development could hinder Guice's usage. With just Peterson to contend with this past Sunday versus the Jets, Guice earned 28 percent of the offensive snaps en route to seven carries for 24 yards and a 45-yard catch-and-run for a TD.

November 21, 2019 2:17 PM EST

Derrius Guice: Scores in return from injury

Guice ran for 24 yards on seven carries and scored a 45-yard touchdown on his only reception during Sunday's 34-17 loss to the Jets.

Analysis: It's hard to believe that the former second-round pick Guice had not tallied an NFL touchdown prior to Week 11, but he got off the schneid in dramatic fashion Sunday, catching a screen pass from Dwayne Haskins, weaving down the right sideline and into the end zone to provide himself and Haskins with a mutual first career TD. Guice garnered just seven carries on the afternoon to Adrian Peterson's nine, but with Washington well outside of the playoff mix, there's motivation for the coaching staff to bestow Guice with a healthy workload moving forward. Week 12 presents an extremely favorable matchup for Guice and the Redskins' backfield as a whole, with Detroit's bottom-10 rush defense awaiting on the schedule.

November 17, 2019 3:54 PM EST

Derrius Guice: In line for plenty of work

Interim coach Bill Callahan is "confident" Guice (knee) will get many chances to contribute Sunday against the Jets, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports.

Analysis: First and foremost, Guice will work behind Adrian Peterson in his first game action since Week 1, per Rhiannon Walker of The Athletic. Callahan seemed to imply Guice will play the change-of-pace role in the Redskins offense that typically belongs to Chris Thompson, who is expected to remain out Sunday with a turf toe injury. In any case, Guice's touch count is to be determined after Peterson commanded 20 per game in the four contests before the Redskins' Week 10 bye.

November 13, 2019 12:32 PM EST

Derrius Guice: Placed on IR

Guice (knee) has been placed on injured reserve, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports.

Analysis: Earlier this week, Guice had surgery to trim a torn meniscus, ruling him out indefinitely. He's now ineligible to play for the next eight weeks, though he can resume practicing after six weeks. Adrian Peterson will serve as Washington's lead runner, with pass-catching back Chris Thompson also a candidate to get some of the snaps and touches that otherwise would've gone to Guice.

September 13, 2019 11:37 AM EST

Derrius Guice: Has surgery, out indefinitely

Guice underwent surgery to trim a torn meniscus in his right knee and doesn't have a timetable for a return, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: After visiting Dr. James Andrews recently, Guice had the procedure to address the knee concern that he picked up Week 1. Considered "out indefinitely," per Rapoport, Guice will be in recovery mode for the foreseeable future while Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson man the Redskins' backfield.

September 12, 2019 10:18 AM EST

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