Derrius Guice is a dynamic player when he's on the field. Keeping him on the field has been the problem since he was drafted in the 2nd round in 2018. He has been placed on IR 3 times in his first two seasons, all due to knee injuries. His rookie season was cut short when he tore his ACL in the preseason.
He came back looking strong last year, but tore his meniscus in Week 1 vs the Eagles. He was placed on IR, and returned in Week 11 vs the Jets. He had his breakout game two weeks later against the Carolina Panthers. That was current Washington Head Coach Ron Rivera's final game with the team, and Guice definitely made an impression on him that day. Guice's season ended the following week with an MCL sprain against the Packers.
Derrius Guice tweeted out today that he had been cleared for the 2020 season. This is a big boost to the RB group if he can stay healthy. Washington picked up Adrian Peterson's option, signed J.D. McKissic and Peyton Barber, and drafted Antonio Gibson in the 3rd round this year. They also let Chris Thompson go to free agency. Guice has a role on the team, but he needa to show that to the new coaching staff with limited time available.
Cleared for 2020 let’s get it— 2️⃣9️⃣ (@DhaSickest) July 27, 2020
Derrius Guice talked about his injuries, and returning from them this year in January:
“I’ve been unlucky, unfortunately, so far,” Guice said Friday. “I want to be healthy. I want to play. That’s all there is to next season: I want to be healthy. What frustrates me is always talking about it. I’m tired of talking about it. It is what it is at this point. That’s really the frustrating part, not the actual injuries — just to constantly be reminded of it and hear about it all the time.”
Guice said he’s ready to roll now that the MCL sprain has basically healed. This part of rehab is all about building strength in the knee and the muscles around it. There’s a focus on making sure he still has his speed and sharp change of direction, but Guice is ready to go and has something to prove.