’Skins RBS get chance

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RICH­MOND, Va. — Wash­ing­ton Red­skins head coach Jay Gru­den doesn’t ex­pect to go look­ing for an­other run­ning back af­ter los­ing promis­ing rookie Der­rius Guice to a torn ACL in his left knee in the pre­sea­son opener.

“We have guys that are here and in play,” Gru­den said, not­ing that the Red­skins drafted Guice be­cause he was the best player avail­able in the 59th spot, “not be­cause we weren’t sat­is­fied with the backs we have.”

The con­tenders as the No. 1 back now start with Rob Kel­ley and Sa­maje Per­ine.

Kel­ley, with 16 starts in two sea­sons, missed most of last sea­son with a va­ri­ety of in­juries but ran for 704 yards and six touch­downs in 2016. Per­ine made eight starts last sea­son and be­came the first Red­skins run­ning back with con­sec­u­tive 100-yard per­for­mances since Al­fred Mor­ris in 2013. He had 603 yards and one TD last year.

None­the­less, the Red­skins’ 90.5-yard rush­ing av­er­age was fifth-worst in the NFL, and Guice was looked at as a great find in the sec­ond round. Pro­jected as a first-round pick, his stock fell amid re­ports of char­ac­ter con­cerns.

Rams’ PETER­SON On IR

The L.A. Rams have placed backup cor­ner­back Kevin Peter­son on in­jured re­serve af­ter he hurt his knee in the pre­sea­son opener.

Peter­son is a for­mer un­drafted free agent who played in six games for the Rams last sea­son, emerg­ing as a solid depth player in his sec­ond NFL sea­son. He made his first NFL start in the NFC West cham­pi­ons’ sea­son fi­nale, and he in­ter­cepted two passes from San Fran­cisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garop­polo.

PIERRE-LOUIS Sus­pended

New York Jets line­backer Kevin Pierre-louis has been sus­pended by the NFL for the first game of the reg­u­lar sea­son with­out pay for vi­o­lat­ing the league’s sub­stance abuse pol­icy.

Pierre-louis was ar­rested and charged in Jan­uary with mis­de­meanours, in­clud­ing pos­ses­sion of mar­i­juana, af­ter a traf­fic stop in sub­ur­ban Kansas City. In March, he reached a plea deal in which the mar­i­juana pos­ses­sion charge would be dropped if he com­pletes a one-year pro­ba­tion.

FOWLER ac­ti­vated

The Jack­sonville Jaguars have re­moved de­fen­sive end Dante Fowler from the phys­i­cally un­able to per­form list.

Fowler missed the first two weeks of train­ing camp while re­cov­er­ing from a shoul­der in­jury sus­tained late last sea­son.

Head coach Doug Mar­rone says “we will work him back in there. I am ex­cited to see him.”

chiefs LOSE Sorensen

The Kansas City Chiefs will be with­out start­ing safety Daniel Sorensen for the start of the sea­son af­ter surgery to re­pair a bro­ken shin bone and dam­age to his left knee.

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