Redskins activate Derrius Guice off Injured Reserve

Ben Krimmel
November 07, 2019 - 9:45 am

Derrius Guice is back.

The Washington Redskins officially activated the running back off Injured Reserve Thursday, clearing the way for Guice to return to the backfield for Washington's Week 11 game against the New York Jets.

Interim head coach Bill Callahan indicated Guice was getting close to action last week.

"It was good to get him on the practice field," Callahan told reporters during the run-up to Week 8. "He's worked hard to get back, and his workload was a good amount today but not too much because we're still monitoring his conditioning level as he works back into football. So, it was great to see him work at the level that he did today."

Guice, who missed his entire rookie season after sustaining a torn ACL in the preseason, had some issues with his recovery and injury setbacks during the offseason before starting Week 1 ahead of Adrian Peterson, who was inactive. However, Guice's NFL debut did not go according to plan: 18 yards on 10 carries with 20 yards on three receptions. And Guice would leave the game with an injury to his other knee. 

An MRI revealed the running back sustained a torn meniscus and underwent surgery in Florida early in September which landed him on Injured Reserve.

Of course, a lot has changed since Guice last played. Prior to making his first start the Skins head coach at the time, Jay Gruden, said Guice was ready for the "mother load" of carries.

"He's had a good training camp, he's had good practices, he's into it mentally, he can handle the passing game (with) the protections, and, obviously, he can handle the running game," Gruden said in September.

Overall, he will likely need to be eased back into action and Peterson will probably remain the featured back. However, the Redskins would be wise to give Guice all he can handle during the rest of 2019.

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