For the second time in two years, Derrius Guice’s season is over prematurely.
The Redskins placed the running back on injured reserve Tuesday with a knee injury. MRI results showed Guice suffered a sprained MCL in his left knee during Sunday’s 20-15 loss against the Green Bay Packers.
In total, Guice appeared in five games in 2019, rushing for 245 yards on 42 carries and catching seven passes for 79 yards. The 22-year-old scored three touchdowns — two rushing and one receiving. His best game came in Carolina earlier this month, where he had 10 rushing attempts for 139 yards and scored twice.
Guice’s injury is another setback for the 2018 second-rounder, who tore his ACL his rookie season and tore his meniscus in a Week 1 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. The injury also raises long-term questions whether the back can stay healthy over the course of a 16-game season, and whether he’ll have to make any adjustments into the way he runs.
Redskins interim coach Bill Callahan said Monday he believed Guice’s injury was “weird” and called it “freakish.”
On Twitter, Guice said he believed the play he got injured on was dirty.
“I think it was a cheap shot!!” Guice said in a now-deleted tweet, replying to a fan. “He (Packers safety Darnell Savage) knows the history of my knee injuries and went straight at them..”
In a corresponding move, the Redskins promoted running back Josh Ferguson from the practice squad to take Guice’s spot on the 53-man roster.
That wasn’t the only transaction Washington made on Tuesday, either.
The NFL announced it had suspended Redskins cornerback Simeon Thomas four games for violating the league’s anti-substance policy. Thomas, a backup, played a season-high 39 snaps on Sunday after cornerback Quinton Dunbar went down with an injury. He notably played over veteran Josh Norman.
Needing another corner in light of Thomas’ suspension, the Redskins activated Danny Johnson from the Physically Unable to Perform list. Johnson was an undrafted free agent who made the roster in 2018, but he had yet to play this season after fracturing his knee last year. Johnson was working his way back from surgery, though he has been healthy for weeks.
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