So much for all the melodrama around the gameday deactivation of running back Adrian Peterson in Week 1 of the Washington Redskins’ 2019 season.
One week after Jay Gruden decides to make Peterson inactive in the Redskins matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles, the 34-year old running back is almost certain to start in Week 2, in the Redskins’ home opener against the Dallas Cowboys.
Gruden said there is no update on RB Derrius Guice. Said he’s still getting checked out. Adrian Peterson would start in his place. Gruden said he’s talked to Peterson. “He’s in a good place,” Gruden said. My take: It’s a safe bet that Peterson will run a bit angry.
— John Keim (@john_keim) September 11, 2019
One year after missing the entire season due to a torn ACL, Derrius Guice’s injury to his meniscus — albeit in his other knee — is troubling. In the season before Guice declared for the draft, he dealt with recurring injuries (2017), leading to questions about his production in the injury-curtailed season versus the year before (when he was far more impressive).
The Redskins, proverbially speaking, have placed a lot of eggs in the Guice basket, and to this pick get off to such a rocky start just compounds all the other questions this team has.
Hopefully, head coach Jay Gruden hasn’t fully burned his bridge with Peterson. In Week 7, in the win against the Cowboys at FedEx, Peterson carries the ball 24 times for 99 yards, and added one catch for eight yards. It was part of a stretch in which he ran for at least 97 yards four times in a five-week span. In the Redskins’ Week 12 loss to the Cowboys, Peterson’s production was far more curtailed, as he ran for only 35 yards on 12 carries, at a point in time when the Redskins’ offense struggled as a whole.
And now, with the injury to Guice, who looks to be out for the forseeable future, it looks like the Redskins will be depending on Peterson for the early part of 2019 (if not longer) in the same way they did in 2018.