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How Derrius Guice's torn ACL affects the Redskins' running back depth chart

How Derrius Guice's torn ACL affects the Redskins' running back depth chart

In Derrius Guice, it looked like the Redskins landed a running back that could be the 20-carry-a-game, defense-pounding weapon the team hadn't possessed in a long time.

But in one of the toughest pieces of news the franchise has had to deal with in a long time, Guice's rookie season is done after just six preseason carries. On Friday, the team announced his knee injury in the preseason opener was actually a torn ACL and he'll miss 2018 entirely.

Without Guice, Rob Kelley, who many expected would be used to spell the LSU product, will likely open up as the Redskins starter. But he isn't the kind of dynamic guy who can be used week in, week out like the team was hoping to do with Guice, so he'll need help. A rotation will have to be used now.

That help will of course come from Chris Thompson, yet Thompson is the third-down back and won't be relied upon to become a workhorse. In terms of first and second down carries, which would've been Guice's wheelhouse, look for Samaje Perine to be involved there.

Perine was tangled in a training camp battle to make the 53, but with No. 29's injury, it appears that he's very safe now.

Byron Marshall and Kapri Bibbs, meanwhile, will see their chances of surviving cuts increase, too. They're both more in the Thompson mold, so they'll compete against one another to maybe make Jay Gruden's squad as a backup to the change-of-pace option.

Then there's the chance the 'Skins will look to free agency to address their now weaker running back group. Adrian Peterson and Alfred Morris are two such names they could consider, but they're older and fading. Perhaps Washington could work a trade out, too.

The bottom line, however, is that this injury is a devastating one. With him, the depth chart looked quite loaded. Without him, the picture is much bleaker. 

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Report: Trent Williams' dogs killed neighbor's dog

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Report: Trent Williams' dogs killed neighbor's dog

Trent Williams is defending his dogs after neighbors of a home registered to him in Missouri City, Texas say the Redskins' lineman's dogs brutally killed their dog.

The neighbor's dog, Sandy, according to reports, died after being mauled and dragged under an iron fence on their own property. 

According to Williams, the attack began after Sandy instigated conflict with one of Williams' smaller pets. Williams felt his dogs did nothing wrong and said the animals were defending the smaller dog, who is fighting for its life after $5,000 in medical bills. 

Williams told FOX 26 Houston that the situation was "dogs doing what dogs do."

In comments to local television stations, Sandy's owner's described how they found their dog.

"I found my dog halfway ripped apart, head and one leg on the other side of the fence, two of those stakes ripped through the body and one leg just dangling," said Jerry Flowers.

"They drug her head through the fence," Linda Flowers said. "Half of her body was through the wrought iron fence."

Animal control and local police are no longer investigating the incident according to ABC 13. Williams was not cited for the incident.

Williams is on the non-football injury list for the Washington Redskins after ending his holdout halfway through the season. 

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Once the Redskins Ironman, Ryan Kerrigan moved to injured reserve

Once the Redskins Ironman, Ryan Kerrigan moved to injured reserve

The Redskins moved outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan to the injured reserve after he injured his calf last week against Green Bay. He will miss the remainder of the season. 

Kerrigan had started every game for Washington since 2011 until just three weeks ago, one of the most impressive streaks in the NFL at 139 straight starts. 

He missed the Panthers game due to a concussion, was able to come back from the Packers game and then hurt his calf. 

After three straight seasons with double-digit sacks, Kerrigan’s numbers were down this year. He will finish the season with just 5.5 sacks after posting 37 over the last few years. 

Dexter Manley holds the Redskins franchise record with 91 sacks. After bringing down Aaron Rodgers last week in Green Bay before his injury, Kerrigan got to 90 sacks. 

If he comes back healthy in 2020, Kerrigan would look prime to break the franchise record. He will be in the last year of his contract, however, and will account for nearly $12 million against the salary cap.

Should Washington release Kerrigan, which was once unthinkable, it would carry no salary cap hit. 

To replace Kerrigan on the active roster the Redskins signed Caleb Wilson from the Cardinals practice squad.

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