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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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Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins' workouts are taking place at his parents' house

Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins' workouts are taking place at his parents' house

With the coronavirus pandemic putting a wrench in the NFL offseason and keeping team activities on hold, players have had to get creative with their workouts. 

Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins is among that population. Despite being a starter in the NFL and making millions of dollars, the former Redskin is now staying in shape in a very ordinary way: workouts at his parents' house.

In a story by ESPN, Cousins explained that his family relocated to his parents' house in Orlando, Florida with the league still waiting to resume. The move has been beneficial as it allows Cousins' and his wife, Julie, to have an easier time caring for their two young children. However, living in his parents' house has made it challenging to train the way an NFL quarterback needs to.

Cousins told ESPN that he's traded in a standard gym with machines and large amounts of equipment for his parents' driveway and backyard. He still has everything he needs to get sessions done, including WiFi to video chat with his trainer, but the setting is an interesting one.

Out on the driveway, the quarterback never knows who may pass by on a daily basis.

"I like my privacy, so being out in the driveway, on display for the whole neighborhood to see is probably less than ideal," Cousins told ESPN. "But desperate times call for desperate measures."

"[Every car will] see me doing my shuffles across the driveway, or my cariocas, or doing the jump-rope or different plank exercises, core work, medicine ball, lunges -- whatever it may be," he added. "And different people honk or wave, so it's kind of fun."

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Honks and even the occasional "Go Pack, go!" at Cousins in the middle of his workout bring a smile to his face as he navigates the new situation. Cousins may have been a Pro Bowler in 2019, but the current situation of the world has him and many other athletes heading back to their humble beginnings. If he finds success on the field in 2020, his parents' driveway and front yard will be part of the equation. 

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Adrian Peterson has his sights on passing Barry Sanders for 4th in all-time rushing

Adrian Peterson has his sights on passing Barry Sanders for 4th in all-time rushing

Adrian Peterson could go down as one of the NFL's all-time greats without ever having to play another snap in the NFL.

But as the running back gears up for his 14th NFL season and his third with the Redskins, he has one specific goal in mind.

"Passing Barry Sanders would definitely be one of the highlights of my career," Peterson said on NFL Network, via ProFootballTalk. "What he accomplished, and how I’ve looked up to him, I’ve always wanted to say I did something better than Barry Sanders."

What the 35-year-old running back is referring to is passing Sanders on the all-time career rushing yards list. Peterson, who has amassed over 14,000 rushing yards in his career, currently trails the Lions great by 1,054 yards.

As it stands now, Peterson is fifth all-time in career rushing yards, trailing only Sanders, Emmitt Smith, Walter Payton and Frank Gore.

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Moving past Sanders in 2020 might be a tough ask, as Peterson has not topped 1,054 yards in a single-season since 2015, where he rushed for a league-best 1,485 yards with the Vikings. The running back came close to topping that mark in 2018, when he finished with 1,042 yards in his first season in Washington.

Peterson has been the lead back for Washington the past two seasons, starting 31 of a possible 32 games for the team. But with a new regime in place in 2020 and a crowded backfield, it's unlikely that Peterson will turn in a third-straight 200-carry season.

Last season, Peterson went on record to say his goal is still to break Smith's all-time rushing yards record. Peterson currently sits just over 4,000 yards behind the Cowboys legend.

"Yeah, why not?" Peterson said. "I'm still playing the game at a high level, and I feel like I can continue to play for a long period of time. So why not keep my bar at reaching 18 [thousand yards] and surpassing Emmitt Smith?"

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