Guice and the Redskins pushed back against those claims - and the 21-year-old quickly fit in with teammates and became a fan favorite. According to several reports, Guice suffered a torn ACL during last night's preseason opener against the New England Patriots, and will miss his entire rookie year as a result. He was initially reported to have been diagnosed with an MCL sprain.
For fantasy players who already drafted Guice, it might feel like your season is already over.
In camp, Guice had been splitting first-team carries with Kelley and Samaje Perine.
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It's a major blow for the Redskins going into a critical season for Jay Gruden's offense directed by new quarterback Alex Smith.
But now, Guice will spend the 2018 season rehabbing.
In a statement, the Redskins said Guice was expected to make a full recovery and looked forward to playing in 2019. Most football players his age are sitting at home.
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Washington has also had a recent history of their high-profile draft picks not being able to stay healthy.
Guice ran with bad intentions in his career with the Tigers, averaging north of 4.0 yards after contact per attempt in each of his first two seasons with the team (2015-16).
In addition to Thompson, Kelley and Perine will likely be tasked with filling Guice's shoes in the ground game, but unfortunately for Washington, the duo's ceiling doesn't likely come near that of Guice's. The Redskins also announced tight end Manasseh Garner suffered an ACL injury during Thursday's game and will also miss the 2018 season.
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Jamie Vardy did reunite with the team early as did Harry Maguire and all the players who served their national teams. United begin their Premier League campaign at home to Leicester later today (8pm).