’Skins RBS get chance
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.
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.
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.