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Redskins rookie running back Derrius Guice suffers a torn ACL and will miss the season

The Washington Post

Derrius Guice's rookie season is already over before it even began.

The Redskins running back suffered a torn ACL in Thursday night's preseason opener against the New England Patriots.

The second-round draft pick left the game in the first quarter after he was tackled following on a 34-yard gain that was negated by a holding penalty. The rookie was injured at the end of a first-quarter run in which he broke down the left sideline, spun off one defender and straight-armed another before being brought down. Guice said after the game that he planted his foot while fighting for the last yards and hyperextended the knee.

The No. 59 overall pick was all laughs after the game, smiling and joking in the locker room, seemingly unconcerned with the injury. He underwent an MRI on Friday that revealed the extent of the damage.

Guice got off to a slow start and finished with six carries for 19 yards before the big play on which he was injured.

After a stellar college career at Louisiana State, Guice's stock dropped on draft day amid rumors of off-field behavior problems, and the Redskins believed they had gotten a steal when he was available in the second round. In training camp, Guice exhibited strength and speed and quickly became a fan favorite off the field as well.

The Redskins were roughed up during Thursday's 26-17 loss to the Patriots in the preseason opener. Tight end Manasseh Garner also suffered a season-ending knee injury and was scheduled to have an MRI on Friday. Rookie receiver Trey Quinn suffered a devastating blow to the midsection and was being checked for internal injuries. Defensive lineman Matt Ioannidis's leg was rolled up on, but coach Jay Gruden said, “He's going to be OK.”

On Friday afternoon, the Redskins released a statement acknowledging the injuries to Guice and Garner, saying both players are expected to make full recoveries.

The organization has been snake-bitten by injures recently. First-round pick Daron Payne hasn't practiced since injuring an ankle two weeks ago. The projected timeframe for Payne's recovery was two to three weeks, and he said this week he's ready to go, but coaches and trainers are being careful.

The Redskins had 23 players go on injured reserve last season.

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