News and Notes 8/14

Derrius Guice officially placed on IR

The knee injury to Washington Redskins rookie running back Derrius Guice was originally thought to not be serious. It eventually ended up being very serious as Guice tore his ACL in the teams preseason opener against the Patriots.

This is a big blow for Washington, as Guice is a talent and was looked at largely as someone who could’ve had a huge impact this season, but that obviously won’t be the case.

Kevin Pierre-Louis suspended one game

Jets linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis was arrested in January and among the charges was possession of marijuana. The league has subsequently suspended him for one game.

Pierre-Louis has only started one game in his career, in 2015 for Seattle, but he has really seen limited action throughout his career and is hoping for a bigger role with the Jets.

Overall this suspension will have pretty little impact.

Roquan Smith signs rookie deal

The long holdout of first-round pick, linebacker Roquan Smith, has finally come to an end. The deal is for $18 million guaranteed over four years, as the slot of that draft spot determines. The contract also includes about $11 million in potential bonuses, and of course a fifth-year option, as is the case with every first-round picks contract.

Chicago had a nice defense a year ago and adding a talent like Roquan Smith will be very welcome, but he will have a lot of lost time to make up for, especially when it comes to defensive calls playing as a linebacker, which can be as mentally taxing as it is physical, but it’s good news for Chicago to just have him there and for Smith to be able to get his contract.

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49ers have some movement in the running back room

San Francisco brought in running back Jerick McKinnon this off season to give Jimmy Garoppolo a weapon.

Well there was some cause for concern as McKinnon left practice on Sunday and had an injury that appeared like it could’ve been serious, but following the MRI, it was deemed to be just a muscle sprain, which was a big sigh or relief for San Francisco.

In response to the injury, the 49ers have brought in veteran running back Alfred Morris. Morris, 29, is averaging 4.4 yards per carry during his career and is coming off of a very productive season in Dallas where he averaged 4.8 yards per carry.

Morris’ best seasons came in his first two seasons in the league when he was in Washington, and now 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan was the offensive coordinator. In those two seasons running the ball in Shanahan’s offense, Morris ran for a total of 2,888 yards and 20 touchdowns.

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