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Adrian Peterson doesn't sound bothered about his diminished role — for now

Adrian Peterson doesn't sound bothered about his diminished role — for now

Adrian Peterson came to the 2018 Redskins just a handful of days before Week 1, then rushed for more than 1,000 yards and was named the team's offensive player of the year. He was a revelation and who knows what Washington would've done without him.

Even still, entering 2019, it looks like he's going to see his role diminished. Despite doing everything the Burgundy and Gold asked of him and having, um, a 13-year advantage when it comes to experience, Peterson is expected to be the second option behind Derrius Guice.

As of now, Peterson is handling it well.

"I knew when I came in what the scenario was, that [Guice] was down and I came in and I was able to fill the void for a period of time," Peterson told reporters on Thursday. "They drafted this kid in the second round, so of course they want to give him a shot." 

Many will point to Peterson's lack of success sharing time in the Saints backfield in 2017, but that situation and this one do differ in a key way.

That year, Peterson signed with New Orleans on April 25. Three days later, they selected Alvin Kamara. He chose the Saints with the expectation of splitting carries with Mark Ingram, but then the franchise added another name to the depth chart.

With the Redskins, meanwhile — as he mentioned — he knew that Guice would eventually return from his ACL injury, and he still opted to re-sign with the Redskins this past March. 

Of course, perhaps the future Hall of Famer didn't figure that Jay Gruden would come out days before the season opener and pronounce that the offense will "go through" Guice. But it's not like Peterson should be surprised, like he was when Kamara dropped onto the Saints roster.

Now, it's almost time to finally see what this running back rotation truly looks like. Does "going through" Guice mean that Guice gets 20 carries and Peterson gets six? Or does it mean that Guice gets 15 and Peterson gets 11? The former may upset Peterson, while the latter should work.

Those on the coaching staff are thrilled to see what Guice can bring, sure, but he is coming off a major injury and hasn't played a single down yet. Some are wondering if Peterson's days in D.C. are numbered or if he could be inactive on game days, yet that feels like an enormous risk to take at least early on, regardless of how much talent Guice has.

Overall, this stacked backfield should be one of the Redskins' best positions, and if Peterson buys in, it will be. On Thursday, fortunately, he sounded like a guy who was buying in. How long that lasts, though, may be a week-to-week story.

"At the end of the day, I'm paid to do what they ask me to do," Peterson said. "So that's all I can do and all I can control. ... I just embrace it and appreciate that I'm still in a position to play after 13 years." 


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Derrius Guice lands on injured reserve for third time in two years

Derrius Guice lands on injured reserve for third time in two years

Derrius Guice's 2019 season is over.

After suffering an MCL sprain to the same knee he tore the ACL in a year ago, the Redskins are placing the running back on injured reserve.

This will be Guice's third time landing on IR in just two NFL seasons. He landed on the list after tearing his ACL in August of 2018, costing him his entire rookie season. Guice was placed on IR earlier this season after he tore the meniscus in his other knee during the Redskins Week 1 loss to the Eagles, causing him to miss the Redskins next eight games.

The move this time is prioritizing Guice's health for the 2020 season and beyond. Theoretically, if the Redskins were to be in the playoff hunt, Guice could have recovered in time to play again this season. But with the Redskins 3-10 and eliminated from January football, the organization values Guice's health in the future more than playing in three relatively meaningless games this season.

Since returning from his meniscus injury, Guice seemed to be hitting his stride. In Week 13, Guice rushed for a career-high 129 yards and two touchdowns on just 10 carries. Before suffering the MCL sprain on Sunday, Guice was well on his way to another big day. He finished with 42 yards on five carries, including a 23-yard run.

The 2020 offseason will be the first time Guice has a full offseason healthy to workout and prepare for the coming year since entering the NFL. Although he's played in just five career games, Guice has shown plenty of flashes of how good he can be.

Staying healthy is the No. 1 priority for No. 29 moving forward, and the Redskins are doing their best to make that happen with this move.


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Redskins cornerback Simeon Thomas suspended four games for violating NFL's drug policy

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Redskins cornerback Simeon Thomas suspended four games for violating NFL's drug policy

Cornerback Simeon Thomas' time in Washington is likely over.

Thomas has been suspended without pay four games for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, the NFL announced on Tuesday. Since there are only three weeks remaining in the 2019 season, Thomas is not eligible to play until Week 2 of the 2020 season.

The Redskins signed Thomas before Week 2 after an injury to cornerback Greg Stroman. Thomas has played in all 12 games for the Redskins since in primarily a backup role. 

Ironically, Thomas had the most action he's seen all season this past week. The second-year cornerback played 39 defensive snaps on Sunday in place of Quinton Dunbar, who was forced to exit early due to a hamstring injury. Fabian Moreau was also dealing with a hamstring injury as well.

Thomas was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the sixth round of the 2018 draft but waived during final roster cuts. He spent time in the Seahawks organization for parts of 2018 and 2019 but was never promoted to the active roster.

With Thomas suspended and injuries to Dunbar and maybe Moreau, there's a chance Josh Norman returns to the field. Norman was benched prior to the Redskins Week 12 win over Detroit due to his ineffectiveness.

Now, the Redskins may not have a choice but to play their highly-priced cornerback who will likely be released this offseason.