It’s raining bad news for the Washington Redskins.

One day after imploding in their Week 1 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, they’ve discovered they’ll be without two starters going forward. News first broke that defensive tackle Jonathan Allen will miss time with an MCL sprain he suffered during the 32-27 defeat at Lincoln Financial Field, delivering a substantial blow to the heart of the defensive front. 

Only hours later, and still reeling from the news on Allen, the Redskins were leveled with medical concerns on running back Derrius Guice. Guice, the former second-round pick who missed his entire 2018 rookie season due to a torn ACL, will again miss time as his sophomore campaign gets underway. Guice, according to Kareem Copeland of The Washington Post, has sustained a meniscus injury. 

It’s being reported Guice won’t suit up in Week 2 and potentially beyond as the Redskins work to determine the exact issue and if surgery will be needed, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

The knee in question, however, is the one he injured in his time at LSU.

Much like Allen’s absence on the defensive side of the ball, the Redskins will now go forward without their starting running back to help boost the offensive counterparts. Unlike the situation with Allen, though, there’s a proven veteran in Hall of Fame halfback Adrian Peterson waiting in the wings — after being unexpectedly deactivated ahead of the season opener. It was a move that reportedly did not go over well with Peterson and others in the locker room, and head coach Jay Gruden did himself no favors with postgame comments that were construed as a devaluation of Peterson. 

“He’s a first and second down back,” Gruden said, via Barry Svrluga of The Washington Post. “So is Derrius. So, really, what do we have? About 20 first downs a game. 

“Probably eight of those are passes, 12 of those might be runs, and Derrius can handle those 12. … So if we have a game where we think we can run the ball 55 times in a game in an I-formation, then sure, I’ll get him up.”

Gruden received some flack after not dressing Peterson this past Sunday. One of his biggest critics was former Redskins receiver Santana Moss, who voiced his displeasure during a radio spot on 106.7 The Fan. Moss, among other things, said that Gruden’s decision not to dress Peterson was a “slap in the face” to a player who will one day see his career immortalized in Canton, Ohio. 

“When you have a guy with that capability, that can go out there and be a difference maker, regardless of how old he is, you find a way for him to be on your field, or at least dress,” Moss said, via The Post. “I don’t care if you start him, but have him in uniform, because you never know when you want to lean on a guy like that. Adrian Peterson shouldn’t have to even experience that, being that he’s a future Hall of Famer and he … carried that offense the whole entire season when we didn’t have anything.”

Gruden may now have no choice but to dress Peterson this weekend while repairing the relationship in the process. The Redskins rushed for a total of 28 yards against the Eagles, which caused many to justifiably take aim at Gruden for deciding to bench Peterson in the first place after he produced more than 1,000 yards in 16 starts for the team in 2018. Health-wise, the Redskins are moving backwards, and up next are the red-hot Dallas Cowboys in Week 2. 

CBS Senior Fantasy Editor Chris Towers offered advice on how fantasy football owners should treat the Redskins’ running back situation.

“Guice is worth stashing on your bench as he recovers, but this is an ominous start after he missed his entire rookie season recovering from a torn ACL in the other knee,” Towers said. “This news should bring Adrian Peterson back into Washington’s plans, just days after Peterson was listed as inactive for the season opener. He should once again be the team’s primary option in the running game, though as we saw in Week 1, pass-catching back Chris Thompson will see plenty of work, too. Neither is a must-start Fantasy option by any means, though Thompson could be a low-end No. 2 or flex option in PPR formats.”

Peterson can help them weather the coming storm, but he’s going to need help in battening down the hatches. 



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