After getting sidelined with a torn meniscus following the Redskins' Week 1 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, running back Derrius Guice was back on the field Monday, interim head coach Bill Callahan announced in a press conference after practice.
The news is welcomed by the team. Prior to the injury, the Redskins listed Guice ahead of veteran Adrian Peterson -- currently the one handling most of the offense's carries -- No. 1 running back on the depth chart.
"My vision for [Guice] -- he's absolutely involved." said offensive coordinator Kevin O'Connell in lead up to the season opener. "We want to get him touches in the confines of how we want to run our offense and run the football."
Since Guice was placed on Injured Reserve ahead of the team’s second game with Dallas on Sept. 13, he is required to wait a minimum of eight weeks before returning to game action, according to NFL policy. That means the 2018 second-round pick will have the chance to suit up against the New York Jets in Week 11, should the team choose to clear him to play.
According to Callahan, it seems likely that will be the case.
"It’ll be two weeks before he gets going. Probably after the bye he’ll be ready to go for the Jet game," Callahan said Monday.
In any event, just to see the second-year player back on the practice field was an uplifting sight for the team.
"It was great to see him work at the level that he did today," added Callahan. "I’m really happy for him because he’s really had a long, hard trail to get back, and he’s put the time and effort in to get better.”