The wait for Redskins running back Derrius Guice to return to live football will last a little bit longer.

The 2018 second-round pick has still not been cleared for full contact, head coach Jay Gruden told reporters on Tuesday during his post-practice press conference.

The sophomore back has been recovering from a ruptured ACL that he suffered during the 2018 preseason, which cost Guice his entire rookie year. 

"The first thing and foremost is when the trainers and doctors say he can go full contact, he'll go," Gruden said. "Once I get that OK, we will make that decision." 

The running back unit is arguably the deepest position on the Redskins offense, and Guice is expected to have a major impact when he's able to return to the field. The plan is for the LSU product to split carries with veteran Adrian Peterson, along with Chris Thompson, Washington's best receiving back.

While Guice has yet to be cleared, he had a strong showing throughout training camp in Richmond and is ready to prove the doubters wrong once he is able to hit the field.

Despite not being cleared just yet, Gruden was quick to praise Guice's performance in practice.

"He looks good out there now," Gruden said. "He's running around, cutting, and running fast, catching the ball, pass protecting. He looks good right now."


But Gruden isn't ready to risk Guice's health, especially in a preseason game, if the running back isn't fully healthy.

"But until I get the thumbs up, he'll be next to me," Gruden said.