Guice left the game after being tackled awkwardly in the second quarter of the team’s 20-15 loss to the Green Bay Packers, and was scheduled to have an MRI afterward. Guice declined to speak to reporters following the game, but was seen walking in the locker room without any noticeable distress.
“Right now, I’m just worried with where he’s at currently,” Interim Coach Bill Callahan said. “Overall, it’s unfortunate that he’s been banged up and nicked up, but I’m just curious to see how he comes out of this game with whatever injury he sustained.”
Guice had just started to get going during a late second-quarter drive, ripping off a 23-yard run to move the team into Packers territory. The second-year back, however, stayed down as the medical staffers ran onto the field and teammates gathered around. Guice was eventually helped up and walked off under his own power.
The staff immediately took him to the medical tent where stayed for several minutes. After leaving the tent, Guice stood on the far side of the bench without his helmet and away from teammates. He was originally listed as questionable to return, but was downgraded to out during halftime.
The concern is substantial, considering Guice has had two knee surgeries in two years and Sunday was just his fifth career game. He tore his anterior cruciate ligament in the preseason as a rookie and missed the entire 2018 season. The LSU product then tore his meniscus in the season opener this year, and was placed on injured reserve. He returned in Week 11 and had a career game last week with 129 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
Guice ran for 42 yards on five carries before leaving the game.
“He’s all right,” quarterback Dwayne Haskins said. “I told him, ‘I got hurt, too, so toughen up.’ He’ll be okay. I know he’s a tough guy and he’ll come back stronger.”
Guice has spoken at length about the tribulations of returning from the knee surgeries. The torn anterior cruciate ligament developed an infection that slowed his recovery and required three additional procedures. Fans unaware of the situation criticized him for not being around the team’s facilities more, but he needed to stay close to the doctors that performed the surgery in Florida. Once Guice was finally ready for the 2019 season, he lasted just 10 carries into his first career start before leaving with the torn meniscus.