Bryce Love hopes to be ready by “mid-training camp”

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Washington added another running back with a torn ACL to its roster on Saturday, drafting former Stanford tailback Bryce Love in round four.

And now the question becomes when he’ll be ready to play, given the torn ACL.

“[W]e thought when you go by the board he was ranked up there pretty high for us and he was available and we took him,” coach Jay Gruden told reporters after the draft ended. “Give him time to get better, number one. Get him in the building, get his rehab going in the right path, which it already is. The type of guy that he is, team captain. I think he’ll be ready in no time.”

So when will he be ready, specifically?

“I don’t know yet,” Gruden said. “We have to get him in here first. We’re obviously aware of the injury. As far as the length of time it will take for him to be 100 percent in football shape, we don’t know that yet.”

Love separately told reporters that he has been running on a treadmill and introducing impact drills.

“My goal is to be ready by training camp, mid-training camp,” Love said. “Being able to find a way to compete and do my thing.”

Eventually, he’ll compete with Derrius Guice, a second-round pick in 2018. Gruden disputed a report that Guice’s rehab from an August torn ACL has lagged.

“This is no reflection of anybody,” Gruden said regarding whether the draft of Love should be regarded as bad news for Guice. “We just got an opportunity to draft one heck of a player with an unbelievable production at a big-time school. But Derrius is on track to be full-go soon.”

And by “soon,” Gruden specific that it will happen before the start of training camp.

At some point before the start of the regular season, Washington will need to do something about its glut of running back. With Love and Guice and Adrian Peterson and Samaje Perine and Chris Thompson on the team, one or more will end up being not on the team as of Week One.

7 responses to “Bryce Love hopes to be ready by “mid-training camp”

  1. Gruden tried to replace Perine last year with quicker backs but they kept on getting injured. He’s had a tendency to carry 4-backs on the 53. So, I’m really not sure where concerns over drafting another HB is coming from.

    The presumed starter is 30+ and seems to need two weeks to recover from a high carry game. They guy they intended to start, was lost for the season after six pre-season carries. Chris Thompson has missed 12-games in the past two seasons and the fourth guy, out of 4-likely to be on the 53, got eight carries last year, despite all the injuries.

    Why would anyone think that a guy that got 8-carries is such a roster fixture that drafting another running back is a waste of a pick?

  2. Two backs recovering from an acl injury could be a bit risky if whomever is in front of them suffers a lengthy injury that would put these two next in line for playing time. Have to think one or both of them will at least start the year on IR.

  3. If any running back knows how to recover from a torn ACL…it’s Adrian Peterson…we have the perfect trainer for Guice and Love already on the team…

  4. I hope they put him on IR and give him a full year to rehab, he could be an amazing 3rd down or change of pace back to Guice, a potential great young tandem.

  5. Low risk, high reward. Surprised he got out of the third. Incredibly productive in a pro style offense.

  6. Two running backs with ACL’s to go with their two QB’s with a broken leg. Makes sense since they prevented the Cowboys from taking him.

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