ASHBURN — A year after tearing his ACL, running back Derrius Guice has yet to receive full clearance from the Redskins’ doctors and medical staff to take full contact. Until he does, Guice won’t be allowed to play in the preseason, coach Jay Gruden said Tuesday.
The Redskins have their second preseason game Thursday against the visiting Cincinnati Bengals, and it is unclear if doctors will give the running back the OK to play before then.
“He looks good out there now, you see him running around and cutting and running fast and catching the ball and pass protecting,” Gruden said. “He looks good right now, but until I get the thumbs up, he’ll be next to me.”
Guice has practiced throughout training camp and has looked sharp in his return.
Speaking to reporters late last month, Guice said tearing his ACL was the “hardest thing I’ve ever had to go through in life.”
In addition to the injury robbing his rookie season, the running back suffered a post-op infection — delaying his rehab further. Guice said the experience taught him he was a “strong son of a gun.”
The 2018 second-round pick has also relied on advice from veteran Adrian Peterson, who tore his ACL in 2011 and ran for more than 2,000 yards the following season.
Peterson said Tuesday he tries to make sure Guice can be confident in his knee. He understands there are times when a player can feel nervous coming off the injury. Peterson also emphasized the importance of stretching, using a Bosu ball to work the far end of the muscles in his knee.
“Know that four months out, that new ACL is stronger than the other one,” Peterson said. “That’s something that you can lock into your mind and have that confidence because you still feel — you haven’t done anything with that leg in a long time.”
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