Derrius Guice was one of the most popular Redskins rookies in the last few years. Washington picked him after he fell to the 2nd round and he immediately became a fan favorite. Throughout the offseason Guice interacted with fans, inviting them to movies, bowling alleys, and signing autographs wherever he went.
He was set to be a big part of the Redskins offense during his rookie year. That plan was quickly changed when Guice tore his ACL during his first preseason game against the Patriots on August 9th. He was hopeful after the game, but knew his season was over before it started.
He had ACL surgery with Dr. James Andrews shortly after, but there were setbacks and infections that slowed his recovery.
He then faced significant setbacks in his recovery. Guice developed an infection after the surgery that lasted two months and required three additional procedures — which Guice referred to as “flushes” — to address the infected tissue, prompting seven weeks of heavy rounds of antibiotics through a catheter in his arm. There was a period of getting IVs three times a day, for three hours. His knee would swell up, giving him a burning sensation, and he came down with flulike symptoms when the infection was first detected and an orange, cloudy fluid needed to be drained from the joint.
Guice is now 5 months removed from surgery and posted a video this morning of a workout in the Redskins practice bubble to show his progress. He hopes to be back with the team when they start organized team activities during the offseason.
I’ve been working really hard to get back out there! Y’all just don’t see it all... but I’m glad y’all see the progression— 2️⃣9️⃣ (@DhaSickest) January 15, 2019
Adrian Peterson was signed after Guice went down and was phenomenal for the Redskins in 2018. He has said multiple times that he would like to re-sign with the Redskins this year. He also said he invited Derrius Guice to workout with him in the offseason in Texas.
A fully healthy Guice would be a big addition to the Redskins offense next season, especially if AP and Chris Thompson are back with him.
“I’m pretty mentally strong, so this isn’t beating me up,” Guice said. “I always try to look at the positives of things. It’s another year, I can get faster, bigger, stronger, learn the system more. Just be around the guys more.”