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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