NFL notebook: Redskins lose two to ACL tears, including rookie runner

The Washington Redskins have lost two players for the season with ACL tears, including rookie running back Derrius Guice.

Guice, a second-round pick in last April’s draft, suffered the injury in Thursday’s preseason game against New England. The former LSU star had rushed six times for 19 yards against the Patriots.

Fourth-string tight end Manasseh Garner also suffered an ACL tear against the Pats.

Also receiving such bad news were the Indianapolis Colts, who have lost rookie WR Deon Cain (a sixth-round draft pick) for the year with a torn ACL.

If the ACL injury frequency seems high, bear in mind that nearly double the usual number of players get into preseason games (up to 90) compared to the regular season (no more than 46). More fresh legs playing full-out to impress coaches is bound to lead to more chances for serious injuries, one would think.

BRADY BACK HURT?: The Boston Globe reported that the reason Tom Brady did not play against the Redskins was that he’s dealing with a sore back. “The quarterback has had a lighter workload in practice over the last week,” the report said. Asked Friday if he had any further information on the information in the Globe report, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said he did not. Shocker.

TRUMP UPDATE: U.S. President Donald Trump took to Twitter to criticize and delegitimize the handful of NFL players on Thursday night who chose not to stand at respectful attention as the U.S. National Anthem played. In so doing, Trump incorrectly stated that players get the lion’s share of league revenues (in fact, owners do). This angered many in the NFL, including players. New Orleans Saints DE Cam Jordan retorted on Twitter, “Only way to see it. What a Goober. He is who I thought he was. Guy is 70+ yrs old acting out in what was once the highest respected political position, as (an) overly insecure prepubescent child.” Now back to football …

CAM BARKS BACK: Carolina QB Cam Newton confronted former WR teammate and now Buffalo Bill Kelvin Benjamin on the field during stretching, a couple of hours before their teams played at New Era Field. A viral video caught Newton trying to engage Benjamin, who as much told a reporter this week that Newton wasn’t a good quarterback. Newton apparently tried to get Benjamin to repeat it to his face. Benjamin refused and kept turning away. He repeatedly told reporters afterwards that he was “just moving on from it” and “wasn’t even trying to listen” to Newton.

MONEY’S WORTH?: Fans attending Thursday’s Philadelphia-Pittsburgh preseason game did not get to see the Eagles’ top quarterbacks Carson Wentz and Nick Foles, nor Steelers starter Ben Roethlisberger. Instead, they got to see lots of Nate Sudfeld and Joe Callahan for Philly, and nothing but Josh Dobbs, Mason Rudolph and Landry Jones for Pittsburgh. Luckyyyy. Even worse, those attending the Redskins-Pats game had to watch almost nothing but Cleveland Browns rejects at QB: Brian Hoyer for the Pats, and Colt McCoy and Kevin Hogan for the Redskins. Rookie Danny Etling, a seventh-round draft pick, threw a few passes near the end for the Pats.

PATRIOTS WEST?: Bills RB LeSean McCoy promised in June that the Bills’ attack under new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll reminded him a lot of New England’s, in that the idea is always to find a defence’s weakest link in pass coverage on any particular play. Sure enough, on Thursday night against Carolina, starting Bills starting QB Nathan Peterman took most snaps on his two possessions from either four- or five-wide shotgun formations – as Brady so often does – then threw lots of short crossers and short lateral passes, before gashing the sneaking-up Panthers deep, twice.

Source:: Toronto Sun – Movies

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