Derrius Guice’s rookie season was over before it began.
Guice, who was selected by the Washington Redskins in the second round of this year’s draft, suffered a torn ACL last week in the preseason opener against the New England Patriots.
“He’s a great kid, he’s going to work hard, he’ll recover and – so there’s no problem there,” said Redskins head coach Jay Gruden. “You know, we are disappointed for Derrius. You know we had high hopes for him and what he could do for this football team and what he would accomplish in his rookie year as a person and all that good stuff. But I know that knowing him and knowing the doctors we have and the rehab that we are going to give him, provide for him, he will be 100 percent in no time.”
Guice, who was the 59th overall pick in the draft, rushed for more than 3,000 yards and scored 29 touchdowns in three seasons at LSU and became the first and only player in Southeastern Conference history to register three career games of 250 or more rushing yards.
“A lot of people were wondering how many yards is Guice going to rush for, should I draft him on my Fantasy team, things like that,” said Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan. “And it’s just, I mean, people were really excited for him and I know I was really excited for him personally, as well. So it’s a real bummer to see him go down.”
With Guice on injured reserve, the team will count on Rob Kelley and Samaje Perine to carry the load in his absence.
“I’ve been impressed with both those guys,” said Gruden. “You know, a lot of talk has been on Derrius and deservingly so. He’s had a great camp and OTA’s, but Rob Kelley has lost a little bit of weight. He looks quicker in the hole to me, and Semaje just looks more comfortable to me. You know, he had a couple of nice hits in the game the other night, powerful, low-to-the-ground runner. I think those guys are good backs, we just got to figure out, you know, if we are going to use both of them on game day.”
Chris Thompson, a third down specialist who suffered a broken fibula last season, could also be called upon if needed.
Meanwhile, the Redskins have signed free agent linebacker Jeff Knox.
The former DeMatha standout has bounced around professional football since going undrafted in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Knox signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League in 2015 and made the Roughriders roster that season.
During his first season in the CFL, Knox amassed 112 tackles and contributed 10 special teams tackles and one interception. He earned CFL West All-Star honors for his performance that season.
The following year, Knox compiled 65 tackles, 19 special teams tackles and a quarterback sack in 17 regular season games.
He signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last year but was waived so he re-signed with the Roughriders and compiled 23 tackles, seven tackles on special teams and one quarterback sack in eight games.
Knox signed a deal with the Buccaneers in February but was waived by the team in May.