The highly anticipated return of Derrius Guice officially began Monday, when the second-year running back was back on the Washington Redskins’ practice field. The 2018 second-round draft pick tore the meniscus in his right knee during the season opener and was placed on injured reserve days later.

This is the first week he is eligible to return to practice under league rules, and Guice could come off injured reserve and be eligible to play before the Redskins host the New York Jets on Nov. 17.

“We’ve released him back into the program, so it was good to get him on the practice field,” interim coach Bill Callahan said. “He’s worked hard to get back, and his workload was a good amount today but not too much because we’re still monitoring his conditioning level as he works back into football. So it was great to see him work at the level that he did today. I’m really happy for him because he’s really, really had a long, hard trail to get back, and he’s put the time in and the effort in to get better.”

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Guice has played in just one regular season game during his short pro career, having suffered two knee injuries that landed him on injured reserve. The LSU product tore his left ACL in the preseason opener last season and was sidelined for the entire 2018 campaign. Then-coach Jay Gruden was prepared to make Guice the focal point of the offense in 2019, going so far as to make Adrian Peterson inactive for the first game, but Guice went down and Peterson has turned into the offense’s workhorse again.

Washington plays at Buffalo on Sunday before a bye week that precedes the Jets game.

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