Bryce Love will return to practice for the Washington Football Team on Wednesday after spending about a month on the injured reserve list due to swelling in his knee.
Love's return to practice opens a three-week window for the team to observe his progress before deciding to put Love back on the active roster or leave him on IR.
Washington selected Love in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft, following a Bruce Allen strategy of grabbing college players that slide below their perceived value due to injuries.
Love was a star at Stanford University before a major knee injury in December 2018, but the theory was that if he could rehab his knee, Washington would get a steal.
Well, so far, that hasn't worked.
Since being drafted, Love hasn't played a single game in the NFL. He spent his entire rookie season on the physically unable to perform list but he did take part in training camp this season. Love even made the active roster out of camp, though he did not dress for games before being put on the injured reserve in early October.
At this point it seems fair to say Love's return is an if, not a when.
Through eight games Washington has rushed for 738 yards, 31st in the league. There are only 32 teams.
If Love can return and get back to his 2017 and 2018 Stanford form, he could certainly help. But 2017 was a long time ago.