NFL notebook: Redskins' Derrius Guice out for season
Washington Redskins rookie running back Derrius Guice is out for the season after tearing the ACL in his left knee, a significant blow to the ground game.
Guice was injured in Washington’s preseason opener at New England on Thursday night and could be seen on the sideline with ice on his knee. The team announced the prognosis Friday following an MRI, saying Guice should make a full recovery and be ready to play in 2019.
Guice was expected to be the Redskins’ starter after they selected him 59th overall in the draft. The LSU product was considered a first-round prospect and fell amid reports of character concerns before being taken late in the second.
Anthem debate rages on
While the NFL continues discussions with the players’ union regarding a national anthem policy, players who demonstrate are emphasizing they are protesting social injustice, racial inequality and systematic oppression.
They are not against the country, military, flag or “The Star-Spangled Banner” itself.
President Donald Trump wants players to “find another way to protest” and contended “most of them are unable to define” what they’re demonstrating against.
Players, however, have made clear their position numerous times.
“I think part of the problem is that when you continue the rhetoric that this is controversial or this is somehow a negative thing, people treat it as such,” Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins said after resuming his demonstration before Thursday night’s game. “But we’ve seen in other leagues when they’ve decided to amplify the voices of their players to also emphasize the importance of the issues that we’re raising, and change the narrative away from the anthem, that not only is it more acceptable, the fan base gets educated on what we’re talking about, and we can actually make some movement.”
Bryant to visit Browns
Free agent receiver Dez Bryant is expected to meet with the Browns next Thursday, NFL.com reports.
Top Browns receiver Josh Gordon is away from the team for health reasons, and the team traded Corey Coleman to the Buffalo Bills earlier this week.
49ers lose pair for preseason
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle and backup running back Matt Breida separated their shoulders in the exhibition opener and will miss the rest of the preseason.
Coach Kyle Shanahan said he expects both players to be ready to return in time for the season opener Sept. 9 at Minnesota.
Injury bug bites Indy
Indianapolis Colts coach Frank Reich announced promising rookie receiver Deon Cain suffered a season-ending knee injury and running backs Marlon Mack and Robert Turbin will be listed week to week after sustaining other injuries.