ASHBURN — Redskins running back Derrius Guice will miss at least Washington’s next game against the Philadelphia Eagles, and possibly more after suffering a left knee injury in Sunday’s 20-15 loss to the Green Bay Packers.
Redskins interim coach Bill Callahan said Monday the 22-year-old underwent an MRI at noon, adding Washington was still waiting to find out the full results. But Callahan did not dismiss the idea that Guice could be shut down for the season as there are only three games left, one of which the running back will miss for certain.
“If the rehab is lengthy, it’s lengthy. If it’s short, it’s short,” Callahan said. “But I know this, he’ll put everything into the rehabilitation that he needs to if not more.”
Regardless, the development is a setback for the Redskins, who will also be without linebacker Ryan Kerrigan (calf) next Sunday. Callahan said Kerrigan is “week to week” with the injury.
Guice suffered the injury in the second quarter against the Packers, going down when Green Bay safety Darnell Savage dove head-first into the running back’s legs in an attempt to stop a lengthy gain. Guice remained on the Lambeau Field grass for several minutes as various teammates and trainers came over to check on him.
Eventually, Guice walked over to the sideline under his own power, but did not return for the remainder of the contest. In the locker room afterward, the running back seemed in good spirits, but did not talk to reporters in part because he didn’t know the extent of the damage.
On Monday, Guice did post a series of tweets that appeared to reference his situation.
“I just want a hug from my mommy,” Guice tweeted.
“Since returning, 4 games 32 carries 227 yards 7.1 AVG; 2 touchdowns. 4 REC 59 yards 14.7 AVG; 1 touchdown! I was getting in rhythm,” he tweeted in another, later adding, “There’s always light at the end of the tunnel!!!” with two smiley emojis.
Still, even missing one week is discouraging for Guice, who has now suffered three knee injuries already into his two-year career. In 2018, the LSU product tore his left ACL in the preseason — causing him to miss his entire rookie campaign. After months of rehabbing, Guice returned and captured Washington’s starting job, only to tear the meniscus in his right knee. The latter caused him to miss the next eight games.
Callahan called Guice’s latest injury “weird.” He noted the grass’ slippery surface, telling reporters he thought Guice’s foot got stuck before he fully went down. “Those are freakish things, I don’t think it’s necessarily running style per se, or anything of that nature,” Callahan said.
“I saw him this morning, we visited for a long time,” Callahan said. “I just love the guy, everything about him. He just doesn’t get down, he gets challenged. Most guys would be in the tank, he comes through in a positive way with a positive outlook looking to the next challenge of what he needs to do to get back healthy again.
“It’s still frustrating for him, but if there’s anybody who can take on a challenge it’s certainly Derrius.”
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