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After Derrius Guice injury, it's not time for Redskins fans to hit the panic button

After Derrius Guice injury, it's not time for Redskins fans to hit the panic button

Bad news hit Redskins fans on Friday afternoon when the word emerged that Derrius Guice would miss the season with a torn ACL. 

The news is sad, undeniably, as Guice offered a charismatic personality off the field and a dynamic talent on the field. 

The news, however, is not cause for panic.

Guice looked like the best running back on the Redskins roster during training camp in Richmond. He has speed and size, moves to go with a patient run style.

Still, this is a player that had never produced in the NFL. 

Last season, the Redskins won seven games despite the worst injury situation in the NFL. Rob Kelley and Chris Thompson played a combined 17 games, out of 32 possible, and Samaje Perine led the team with 603 rush yards.

The run game was bad, but it didn't start that way. In their first four games, Washington rushed for more than 100 yards three times. In a Week 2 win over the Rams, the Redskins piled up a very impressive 229 rush yards.

Then, the injuries mounted. Kelley went down and so did members of the offensive line. 

The point isn't to make light of the Redskins run struggles in 2017. The team averaged just 3.6 yards-per-carry, and was terrible on third down and short-yardage situations. 

Guice could have helped. That is obvious. 

The point, however, is that Washington can still win games without Guice. No matter how impressive the rookie looked in Richmond, it was no sure thing he would produce in the NFL. And it's equally not a sure thing that the Burgundy and Gold will have the same injury struggles, or run game struggles, in 2018. 

With a healthy offensive line, there is a data sample that shows a combination of Thompson, Kelley and Perine can produce on the ground. The mobility of Alex Smith should help the ground game as well. 

Losing Guice stings, no doubt, but it doesn't mean the Redskins 2018 season has sunk before it even begins. 

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Jonathan Allen is experimenting with a new helmet and may wear it in 2019, which would be awesome

Jonathan Allen is experimenting with a new helmet and may wear it in 2019, which would be awesome

One thing stood out on an otherwise quiet August Monday at Redskins Park, and that was Jonathan Allen. More specifically, what Jonathan Allen was wearing on his head.

In fact, if you focused solely on the defensive lineman, you might've gotten confused over what decade you were in.

Usually, Allen suits up in a fairly standard helmet and facemask combo. But on Monday, No. 93 experimented with both a dark visor and a totally different facemask that featured a single, vertical bar down the middle of it, the kind of thing you saw on legends like Deacon Jones or Bruce Smith.

To put it simply, he looked awesome. Soooo awesome:

While walking out of the locker room following practice, Allen explained that he was recently watching NFL Network and felt inspired to try it out after seeing throwback footage on his TV. When asked if he plans on actually bringing it on the field with him for regular season action, he answered: "I'm planning on it."

As you — and the Raiders, especially — are aware of by now, the NFL has specific regulations regarding helmets and facemasks, but Allen seemed to believe he'll have no problem rocking his vintage setup.

Daron Payne, on the other hand, does have a problem with it.

"It's terrible," Payne said, while also shaking his head like a slightly disappointed parent. "It's terrible."

Payne is a smart and reasonable guy most of the time, but here, he's wrong. That look is the exact opposite of terrible. It's sick and it needs to be shared for every one of Washington's 16 games in 2019.

In fact, Allen should probably receive a Pro Bowl nomination strictly for even thinking about making that his new helmet. Bringing back the single bar would be truly epic.

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Jay Gruden on Trent Williams' holdout: 'No updates whatsoever'

Jay Gruden on Trent Williams' holdout: 'No updates whatsoever'

The Redskins are now less than three weeks away from taking the field in Philadelphia to kick off their regular season on Sept. 8, and Washington's cornerstone left tackle has still yet to report to the team.

As the Burgundy and Gold gear up for their third preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday, left tackle Trent Williams continues to hold out.

After the Redskins practice on Monday concluded, head coach Jay Gruden was asked if he had any updates on the situation. He immediately shot that down.

"There are no updates whatsoever," he said.

The third preseason game is usually the 'dress rehearsal' for the regular season, with the starters playing close to a half before the reserves enter. But No. 71 still remains absent from Redskins Park and has given the team zero indication whether he plans on returning or not.

For now, Washington must roll with the players they have present. 

"We're preparing with the guys we have right now," Gruden said. "That's all we can do. We're getting Geron [Christianson] ready. We're getting [Donald] Penn ready. So we'll go that route."

Throughout his holdout, Williams has chosen to remain silent. He has not spoken publicly once since the start, and the actual reasons he has still yet to show up still remain in the rumor phase. He has reportedly made it clear he doesn't plan to return, and other teams have reached out about a potential trade.

Redskins running back Adrian Peterson, one of Williams' longtime close friends, doesn't even know what Williams plans to do.

"I shot my shot. I know how Trent is, so I just left it alone," Peterson told reporters last week. "After we talked that first time about it, I wasn't going to be the guy that was going to pester him or anything like that... I wouldn't be surprised if he didn't come back, and if he did, I wouldn't be surprised. That's honestly where I sit."

When asked on Monday if he had communicated with Williams during his absence, Gruden refused to give reporters a clear answer.

"Talked? Maybe," Gruden said on his communication with the Redskins' Silverback. "Texted, talked, maybe. It is what it is right now. He's not here, so we're going to talk about the people we have."

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