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Derrius Guice reportedly suffers injury setback; questionable for start of training camp

Derrius Guice reportedly suffers injury setback; questionable for start of training camp

Redskins running back Derrius Guice hurt his hamstring and will be questionable for the start of training camp later this month, according to a report. 

The news comes just two weeks before Washington is set to head down to Richmond to kick off their 2019 season. 

Guice missed the 2018 season with an ACL injury, and his current hamstring issue happened during his rehabilitation. Selected in the second round of the 2018 Draft after a sensational career at LSU, this marks at least the third straight season where Guice is dealing with an injury. He had knee problems in college as well. 

Last year, Guice looked explosive in training camp before hurting his knee in the preseason. Following surgery in August, he also dealt with an infection that caused a setback in his recovery. 

Even without the hamstring issue, there were whispers around Redskins Park about Guice’s availability to start training camp. It would have been less than a year since his ACL tear. 

Expect the Washington medical staff to seriously monitor Guice in Richmond, should he hit the field. 

Judging by reports, the hamstring injury doesn’t sound too serious. But coupled with his injury history, it seems like another setback for a second year player with zero NFL snaps. 

For Jay Gruden’s team, it seems like the trend of poor health is continuing. Linebacker Reuben Foster was lost for the season during OTAs

The Redskins did re-sign veteran RB Adrian Peterson in the offseason. He rushed for more than 1,000 yards last year and proved very durable. Looks like his grip on the starting RB job has tightened.

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This incredible Chase Young jersey swap lit up Redskins Twitter. Here's how it was made

This incredible Chase Young jersey swap lit up Redskins Twitter. Here's how it was made

On Sunday, 17-year-old Thacher Groe tweeted a jersey swap featuring Chase Young in a Redskins uniform that immediately caught the attention of countless Washington fans. That's an idea that plenty of graphic designers and Photoshoppers have executed before him, of course, but the reason his stood out is, well, because it's absolutely tremendous. 

The final image is so remarkable, in fact, you almost have to remind yourself that it isn't real, and that Young isn't a member of the Burgundy and Gold yet.

Before getting to how Groe pulled the edit off, though, it's time for you to see it (and then stare at it, which is an inevitable response):

"This jersey swap took me around 6 hours to complete," he said after his post blew up. "This isn’t how long they usually take, but when I choose up-close images of players, I like to spend extra time on the little details such as reflections and stitching."

The only person with a higher approval rating among Redskins supporters than Groe is Ron Rivera. Users called him "brilliant" and dubbed him "elite." 

According to Groe, many people take on this kind of project by cutting out a jersey from a current player and then pasting that on the new one. That's the easier method.

He, on the other hand, prefers to "work on changing the colors and working with what already is there." That approach is much more involving, but it also produces masterpieces like the Young picture and this Cam Newton photo:

Together, those two creations have helped Groe double his social media following. 

"I think the combination of people loving jersey swaps as well as everyone being huddled up indoors on our phones were the perfect conditions for my sudden growth," he said.

The most difficult part of the project, Groe explained, was modifying the pass rusher's gloves. Turning them into Redskins gear "may be the hardest thing" he's ever done in four years of working with Photoshop. 

"Tedious," he said. "But definitely worth it."

The not-even-college-student got into graphic design after being hooked by the way the Madden displayed art for players and hopes to continue the passion well beyond school. No matter what his future holds, though, he's already achieved one miraculous thing in his career. 

He made a Redskins player look good in number 92. 

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Report: President Trump told pro sports commissioners he believes NFL season should start on time

Report: President Trump told pro sports commissioners he believes NFL season should start on time

During a conference call with 13 professional sports commissioners Saturday, U.S. President Donald Trump said that he believes the 2020 NFL season should start as scheduled in September despite the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, according to a report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Adrian Wojnarowski.

Trump also reportedly remarked that he would like to allow fans back into stadiums and arenas by August or September.

The president used the call as an opportunity to commend the commissioners for their response to the pandemic. On March 11, the NBA became the first American professional sports league to suspend play in an effort to stop the spread of the virus. The NHL, which was less than a month out from the start of the playoffs, followed suit—as eventually did the MLS, ATP, WTA, PGA Tour, NASCAR and MLB spring training.

With the NFL still in the midst of its offseason, there remains hope that the 2020 season will begin on time. So far, the league has canceled its annual league meaning and delayed OTAs. The draft will be held as expected while teams make their selections remotely rather than in Las Vegas as originally planned. While many free-agent deals have yet to be finalized due to the inability for teams to conduct physicals, the NFL has yet to be affected as much as other major sports.

The season is set to begin Thursday, Sept. 10 with opening Sunday coming Sept. 13.

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