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Ron Rivera Is ‘Hopeful’ His $329,412 Potential Star Will Return ‘Soon’

The Washington Football Team is still waiting eagerly to see Bryce Love in action.

Although Washington could move on from quarterback Dwayne Haskins, the franchise once known as the Redskins has high hopes for Love, the former Stanford running back and a fourth-round pick in 2019.

Injuries have prevented Love from playing just yet. Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera just sent a confident message about Love and his eventual NFL debut.

Bryce Love hasn’t played for Washington yet

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Standing 5 feet 9 inches and weighing slightly over 200 pounds, Bryce Love used that size to enjoy an excellent Stanford career.

Love ran for 3,865 yards and 30 touchdowns on 6.8 yards per carry from 2015-18 with the Cardinal. Most of that damage came in 2017 when Love ran for 2,118 yards and 19 touchdowns on an eye-popping 8.1 yards per attempt.

Love’s numbers dipped to 739 yards and six touchdowns on 4.5 yards per carry in 2018, however, and he tore his ACL at the end of the season.

Washington drafted Love in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL draft despite his injury. Love missed his entire rookie season, however, and hasn’t played yet in 2020.

Antonio Gibson is currently Washington’s starting running back

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Bryce Love’s losses have been Antonio Gibson’s gains.

A versatile standout at Memphis, Antonio Gibson has taken well to the NFL in his rookie year. Washington used the 66th overall pick on Gibson, who clocks in at an even 6 feet and 228 pounds.

Gibson ran for 371 yards and four touchdowns in Washington’s first seven games. The rookie also turned 19 catches into 147 yards.

Gibson had his best game so far in a Week 7 victory over Dallas, running for 128 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries.

Ron Rivera is ‘hopeful’ that Bryce Love will play ‘soon

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At 2-5, the Washington Football Team needs a miracle in the season’s second half to make the postseason. 

With how competitive the NFC is, that miracle would need to be Washington holding off Philadelphia and winning the NFC East Division.

Could Bryce Love play a role in those hopes and dreams? According to ProFootballTalk, Washington head coach Ron Rivera recently told reporters he is “hopeful” that Love will play “soon.”

“He’s had a couple of really good days with the trainers. I think it’s getting close to getting him back out there. . . . He got sore for a little bit, and we rested him. Opportunity to get him back on the field is coming soon.”

Adding Love to the running back rotation would certainly help Washington’s depth. Antonio Gibson is playing well as a rookie, and J.D. McKissic is more of a pass-catching back than he is a true runner. 

McKissic averaged 4.7 yards per try on his first 32 carries. The 27-year-old has 25 catches for 183 yards, though, and is an integral part of Washington’s offense. 

Peyton Barber only averaged 2.1 yards per attempt on his first 38 carries this season. 

Bryce Love won’t play in Week 9 against the New York Giants. But if Rivera is serious, Washington fans may get to see Love before November ends.

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