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Gruden: Derrius Guice not cleared for full contact

Gruden: Derrius Guice not cleared for full contact

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.


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NFL players react to news that Andrew Luck is retiring

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NFL players react to news that Andrew Luck is retiring

NFL players took to Twitter on Saturday to send well-wishes to Andrew Luck after news broke that he is retiring from the NFL. 

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Luck was 'mentally worn out' after years of battling injuries. Luck confirmed the news in an emotional press conference on Saturday night.

"Andrew luck I understand you 100% brotha," wrote Dez Bryant. "... take your time ... I wish you the best."

Redskins rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins reacted to the news with emojis.

Former player turned ESPN analyst Emmanuel Acho posted video of Colts fans booing Luck as he walked into the locker room. "Coach always said, 'the pats on the back eventually turn into stabs,'" he wrote.  

"That's bad to boo that man," added former Redskins player Chris Baker.

Former Ravens and current Carolina player Torrey Smith tweeted that anyone in the sport understands.

Jaguars long snapper Matt Overton wrote he was "shook."



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Falcons safety Keanu Neal says no 'ill intent' for big hit on Jordan Reed

Falcons safety Keanu Neal says no 'ill intent' for big hit on Jordan Reed

Jordan Reed took a major blow to the head in the Redskins third preseason game in Atlanta, and the blow eventually landed Washington's stud tight end in the NFL's concussion protocol. 

Falcons safety Keanu Neal delivered the hit, and while it was clearly illegal and resulted in a penalty on the field, he took to Twitter to defend his play. 

It's hard to judge intent under the incredible speed that plays happen during pro football. When a player goes in for a tackle, ball carriers can also move, and plays that look dirty in slow motion can look reasonable in full speed. Still, it's undeniable that Reed took a major shot in the helmet from Neal, and it definitely seemed unnecessary. And it's not a secret that Reed has dealt with serious head injuries throughout his NFL career. 

There has been no update on Reed's condition beyond that he's in the NFL concussion protocol. Reed also stayed in the game after the big hit from Neal before his concussion symptoms showed up at halftime. 

Neal is a fifth-year safety out of the University of Florida. He missed most of the 2018 season with an ACL injury. Reed also attended the University of Florida.