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MRI reveals Derrius Guice has a torn ACL, to miss entire rookie season

MRI reveals Derrius Guice has a torn ACL, to miss entire rookie season

Redskins rookie running back Derrius Guice exited the team's preseason-opening loss to the Patriots on Thursday night with an apparent knee injury.

The initial diagnosis of the injury was an MCL sprain, although Guice downplayed the severity following the game. However, the former LSU star underwent an MRI on Friday and the results revealed Guice has a torn ACL in his left knee, the team confirmed. 

Guice injured his left knee during an awkward landing following his most impressive run of the night — albeit one that would be called back for a holding penalty.

Guice finished his preseason debut with 19 yards on six carries. 

The team released a statement announcing that Guice, as well as tight end Manasseh Garner, will miss the entire season.

"RB Derrius Guice and TE Manasseh Garner will miss the 2018 season due to ACL injuries sustained from last night's preseason game at the New England. Both players are expected to make a full recovery and are looking forward to playing in 2019.”

With Guice's season coming to an end before it even began, Rob Kelley and Samaje Perine are expected to take a bulk of the load, with Chris Thompson serving as the change-of-pace back once he fully recovers from his 2017 season-ending injury.

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    Daunting early run in Redskins 2019 schedule reveals that survival requires a fast start

    Daunting early run in Redskins 2019 schedule reveals that survival requires a fast start

    The Redskins face four 2018 playoff teams in their first five games of 2019.

    If that sounds hard, that’s because it is.

    Washington opens in Philadelphia before hosting the Cowboys. Then the Bears come to FedEx Field. All three of those teams made the playoffs last year, and will be considered contenders for the NFC championship this season.

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    In Week 4, the Redskins travel to New York to take on the Giants. While that might look like a win for Washington, historically it’s been tough to get victories in the Meadowlands.

    After that, the Patriots come to town. Tom Brady. Bill Belichick. A bunch of Super Bowl trophies. Yep, those Patriots.

    Add it all up and the early season looks very tough for Jay Gruden’s team. After three straight non-playoff seasons, surely the pressure is on to make the playoffs in 2019.

    With those first five games, Washington must win two simply to stay alive for the long run.

    It’s overly naive and simplistic to make schedule assumptions, especially in April.

    The NFL is hard enough to predict week to week, when injuries and starters are known quantities, let alone five months away from real game action.

    With that noted, still, the Redskins' opening stretch is hard. NFC East games are always hard, and the Burgundy and Gold will play three division contests by Week 4.

    The Patriots are the greatest dynasty in the history of the sport. To say the least, that’s a tough game.

    The Bears won 12 games last season and their defense gave up fewer than 18 points-per-game.

    If the Redskins can survive the early portion of 2019, things look more forgiving later.

    But survival is key.

    The Redskins have never been a fast starting team under Gruden, although he did notch his first Week 1 win last year.

    2019 won’t be about Week 1. It won’t be about Week 5. But it will be about not getting into a large hole between Weeks 1 and 5.

    The Redskins, even with a litany of questions, cannot afford a 1-4 start. They certainly cant afford a start worse than that.

    In the NFL, the pressure is always on.

    In Washington, it just doesn’t relent.

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    The five games you need to circle on the Redskins' 2019 schedule, and why you should circle them

    The five games you need to circle on the Redskins' 2019 schedule, and why you should circle them

    Every game on the Redskins' 2019 schedule is equally important, but not all of them are equally interesting.

    Redskins vs. Bills in Week 9 for example? Sure, it's going to matter for Washington as they look to make the playoffs for the first time since 2015. But no one's wasting any ink circling that one on their calendars (unless you're a fan of breaking furniture, and if that's the case, circle away).

    There are some very intriguing matchups on the 'Skins slate this season, though. These five stand out in particular.

    Week 3 vs. the Bears (Monday Night Football)

    If the Redskins' schedule was a golf course, it'd be one where the opening stretch was littered with endless, difficult Par 4s, lots of water and no catch-your-breath holes.

    Washington certainly doesn't get to ease into the season, and they may very well need to turn around their struggles in Monday night home games (struggles that have seemingly lasted for roughly 200 years) against the Bears in order to stay relevant early.

    Whoever their starting QB is at this point will face a loaded Bears defense led by Khalil Mack, while the Burgundy and Gold defense will have to bottle up Tarik Cohen. This could be an uplifting victory — or a loss that triggers lots of questions.

    Week 5 vs. the Patriots 

    Jot this one down as a loss, right? Sure. Probably.

    But maybe not.

    New England does tend to have issues pre-November. The Redskins, meanwhile, boast a stacked defensive line, which is paramount when trying to limit Tom Brady.

    It's not going to be easy. It likely won't happen. But this is the NFL, a league where Nick Foles wins Super Bowls and Jason Garrett somehow holds onto a job for eight-plus campaigns. Don't assume anything.

    Week 8 at the Vikings

    It's the Redskins' first trip to US Bank Stadium!

    Just kidding. You know why this one matters. Moving on.

    Week 14 at the Packers

    Lambeau Field late in the year is always interesting because there could be four feet of snow and the temperature might be 20 below zero.

    Not only that — this contest could have NFC Wild Card implications.

    Not only that — Aaron Rodgers might have alienated his new head coach already.

    Not only that — Preston Smith will have a chance to go up against the likes of Trent Williams and Adrian Peterson.

    There's a lot to look at here. Hopefully Washington is still in contention. 

    Week 15 vs. the Eagles

    Because of what happened in the 2018 finale, there'll be a lot of attention on what the crowd looks like at FedEx Field for this NFC East affair. This will also mark the start of three straight divisional games to close out the regular season.

    Josh Rosen and the Redskins could be looking to guarantee a spot in January. Or, (random free agent passer) and the Redskins could be 4-9 and trying not to get Jay Gruden fired. 

    It's hard to imagine what'll be going on at this point in the schedule. But it's a point of the schedule you'll absolutely need to see, just like the other four points in this blog.

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