In 2018 the Washington Redskins – just like the 2021 Los Angeles Rams – had their reply at operating again. Or so that they thought.
A lot for best-laid plans.
Watching the Rams all of the sudden scrambling to discover a No. 1 operating again within the wake of star Cam Akers struggling a season-ending Achilles harm, WFT can empathize.
After averaging solely 90 yards on the bottom in 2017, Washington drafted LSU operating again Derrius Guice 59th general. Whereas the entrance workplace proclaimed him a steal, head coach Jay Gruden named him the starter.
It did not final lengthy, as Guice tore the ACL in his left knee in Washington’s preseason opener. He missed the whole season, then got here again in 2019 solely to endure a torn meniscus in his proper knee within the season opener. He performed in solely 5 video games in Washington, dashing for simply 245 yards earlier than being launched – partly due to a string of authorized troubles – and by no means once more stepping foot on an NFL subject.
Not that the Rams’ season is derailed, as a result of virtually each staff within the league can relate to having its grand plans re-routed even earlier than the primary snap of the season. Actually, in 2018 Washington hurriedly changed Guice with a 33-year-old silver lining who stepped in, began all 16 video games and produced 1,000 yards dashing and 7 touchdowns:
Akers, a shifty scatback drafted within the second spherical out of Florida State in 2020, was anticipated to be the point of interest of the Rams’ operating sport once more this season after his breakout rookie marketing campaign when he averaged 113 yards over the ultimate seven video games. In 13 video games, Akers was the Rams’ main rusher with 625 yards and two touchdowns on 145 carries. He additionally caught 11 passes for 123 yards and a landing.
However now, earlier than commencing coaching camp, the Rams are scurrying for a operating again to star in the identical backfield with newly acquired quarterback Matt Stafford.
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And different groups across the league are additionally already negotiating operating again accidents, together with the San Francisco 49ers and Jeff Wilson (probably out till Week 7 after knee surgical procedure) and the New York Giants and Saquon Barkley (nonetheless recovering from final season’s torn ACL with no particular timetable for a return).
After all WFT may also be holding its breath at coaching camp as star defensive finish Chase Younger offers with lingering hip and groin accidents that plagued him throughout 2020.
One of these early harm is not new to the Rams group. In a 1999 preseason sport towards the Chicago Bears, beginning quarterback Trent Inexperienced was sacked and suffered torn knee ligaments.
His substitute? Fellow named Kurt Warner.