Jay Gruden: Bryce Love likely won’t be on the active roster as of Week One

Getty Images

It will take some more time to find out whether Washington’s flier on running back Bryce Love will actually fly.

After being drafted by Washington in round four, Love said that he hoped to be able to practice by the middle of training camp, as he recovers from a torn ACL suffered during the 2018 college season. On Wednesday, Washington coach Jay Gruden made it clear that this won’t be happening.

“Bryce is on [the non-football injury list] still,” Gruden told reporters. “He’s still recovering. It will be a little while for him.”

It will apparently be more than a little while, given Gruden’s answer to the question of whether Love will be ready to join the 53-man roster when the season starts.

“I don’t think he’ll be on our active roster Week One,” Gruden said.

If he remains on NFI into Week One, Love will miss at least the first six weeks of the regular season.

Washington still has an embarrassment of riches at tailback, with 2018 second-rounder Derrius Guice, veteran Adrian Peterson, and Samaje Perine, a player about whom Gruden periodically gushes. Washington also has veteran Chris Thompson, along with a smattering of youngsters.

So they don’t need Love. And there’s a chance he’ll end up spending the entire season on NFI.

He’ll likely be worth the wait. In his only full season as a starter at Stanford, he rushed for more than 2,000 yards — and he averaged 8.1 yards per carry.

5 responses to “Jay Gruden: Bryce Love likely won’t be on the active roster as of Week One

  1. An “embarrassment of riches” at tailback is a reach. You’ve got a second rounder that spent his rookie season with a torn ACL, an all-time great who had a decent season in 2018 but is 34, a guy who has 2 total touchdowns in 2 years, and a guy with twice as many receiving TDs (10) than rushing (5), over SIX seasons(2.5 TD/year).

  2. I think we should wonder if Adrian Peterson will be on the active roster Week 1.

  3. I loved watching this guy play at Stanford. Sadly, as an Eagles fan, he went to a divisional rival. I still hope to see him continue to be successful in the NFL and hope he is healthy soon.

  4. Smart. Let him focus on rehab and getting the knee right. There’s no need to rush him.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.