Derrius Guice still not medically cleared to play in games

Chris Lingebach
August 13, 2019 - 3:21 pm

A surprising bit of news to come out of Jay Gruden's podium session Tuesday is that Redskins running back Derrius Guice has yet to be medically cleared to play in games.

The second-year running back was dressed and on the field for pre-game warmups ahead of last week's preseason opener in Cleveland, but never actually played in the game.

Turns out, there's a reason for that. Guice is coming off a torn ACL in his left knee, which he suffered a year ago in Washington's preseason opener. While he's been a full participant throughout training camp, Gruden confirmed Tuesday Guice has yet to receive the medical clearance needed to play in actual games.

"The first thing, and foremost, is when the trainers and the doctors say he can go full contact, he'll go," Gruden said. "And until I get that OK, then we'll make that decision. But he looks good out there now. You see him running around, cutting and running fast, and catching the ball and pass-protecting. He looks good right now, but until I get the thumbs up, he'll be next to me."

"Sorry. Just to be clear," a reporter followed up. "Does that mean Derrius hasn't been given the full clearance yet?"

"That means he has not played yet," Gruden said. "Until I get the full clearance, he will not."

Should Guice not be cleared by Thursday, he will not play against the Bengals, either.

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