The wait for football fans to see Bryce Love, the Washington Football Team’s second-year running back, is getting longer.
Love, a former star at Stanford, suffered another setback in his return from a torn ACL. Washington had high expectations for Love, especially after the team cut Adrian Peterson before the 2020 season opened.
Here is the latest on Love, as well as when the Washington Football Team should expect him back.
Bryce Love starred at Stanford
Two things are true about Bryce Love’s college football career.
First, Love was an extremely productive running back in his four seasons at Stanford, especially when he took over the starting job after Christian McCaffrey entered the NFL. Second, Love should have declared for the NFL draft after his junior season, a 2,118-rushing yard, 19-touchdown campaign in 2017.
Love averaged a staggering 8.1 yards per carry in 13 games for the Cardinal. Love left Stanford with 3,865 rushing yards and 30 touchdowns on 6.8 yards per carry.
Expected to possibly compete for a Heisman Trophy in 2018, Love only ran for 739 yards and 4.5 yards per attempt in 10 games before he tore his ACL.
Love has battled injuries in recent years
Bryce Love’s knee injury dropped him to the fourth round of the 2019 NFL draft, where the then-Washington Redskins scooped him up with the 112th overall pick.
Love spent the year rehabbing and redshirting while learning from future Hall of Fame running back Adrian Peterson in the backfield. That redshirt year, for all intents and purposes, became necessary when Love needed a minor knee procedure last October.
Washington cut Peterson before the 2020 season opened and parted ways with Derrius Guice after a domestic violence charge, it appeared Love would finally have a chance to contribute in Washington this year.
Bryce Love just suffered another crushing setback
Fans of the Washington Football Team will need to wait a bit longer to see Bryce Love make his NFL debut.
Washington placed Love on the short-term injured reserve list because he has swelling in his knee.
Washington head coach Ron Rivera told media members that he doesn’t expect the injury to be a season-ending one, according to NBC Sports.
Rivera has repeatedly shown his excitement to see Love play. The-first year coach called Love “multi-dimensional” during training camp.
“At Stanford, he didn’t have to do a lot of routes and pass catching, but he’s very capable and we’re getting to see that. This is a guy that could be an every-down back for you. He’s an explosive, dynamic player.”
Rookie Antonio Gibson took the lion’s share of the team’s carries through three weeks, totaling 140 yards and two touchdowns on 4.5 yards per carry. If or when Love debuts this year, he and Gibson could begin forming an impressive 1-2 punch for a rebuilding Washington team.