Guice’s health for Wash­ing­ton is still un­clear

Baltimore Sun - - SPORTS - By Ka­reen Copeland and Les Car­pen­ter

ASHBURN, Va. — Wash­ing­ton run­ning back Der­rius Guice is deal­ing with a knee in­jury, and while it re­mains un­clear how long he will be out, it ap­pears un­likely he’ll be able to play in Sun­day’s home opener against the Cow­boys.

One per­son with knowl­edge of the sit­u­a­tion, who spoke on the con­di­tion of anonymity, said that the in­jury is to the menis­cus in Guice’s right knee, and that the sec­ond-year run­ner could re­turn to the team as early as next week, af­ter the Cow­boys game. Another per­son said the in­jury could keep Guice off the field for mul­ti­ple weeks, as many as three to four games.

Coach Jay Gruden said Mon­day that Guice had an MRI exam Sun­day af­ter the game and another on Mon­day to look at “knee soreness,” and sug­gested that he could be back as early as the Dal­las game. When asked if he had a chance to play against the Cow­boys, Gruden re­sponded, “For sure.”

Guice’s po­ten­tial ab­sence would add another layer to the team’s com­pli­cated run­ning back sit­u­a­tion, which was in the spot­light af­ter Sun­day’s sea­son-open­ing loss at the Eagles. Guice started the game; Adrian Peter­son, last year’s lead­ing rusher, was held out as a healthy scratch for the first time in his ca­reer.

The news of Guice’s in­jury seemed to be a sur­prise to many in the or­ga­ni­za­tion af­ter the run­ning back took sev­eral hits in Sun­day’s game and then moved around the locker room af­ter­ward as if ev­ery­thing were fine. Guice had gone into the side­line med­i­cal tent for a brief time dur­ing the sec­ond quar­ter Sun­day but later said he sim­ply needed a place to uri­nate. Gruden said Mon­day that Guice was ac­tu­ally be­ing looked at by doc­tors when the back was in­side the tent and that the doc­tors had cleared him to con­tinue play­ing.

The in­jured knee is not the one doc­tors sur­gi­cally re­paired in the sum­mer of 2018, af­ter Guice tore the ACL in his left knee in the first pre­sea­son game, caus­ing him to miss all of last sea­son.

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