On a penalized play that got wiped off the stat sheets in a meaningless preseason game, rookie Derrius Guice looked like everything the Redskins needed at running back. He was initially reported to have been diagnosed with an MCL sprain.
The injury ends Guice's season before it started. and puts the Redskins run game right back where it ended.
Contrast that with Rob Gronkowski's restructured deal from a year ago, which allowed the tight end to earn an extra $5.5 million by reaching certain totals in one of three statistical categories or by securing first-team All-Pro honors. He was set to be part of a reworked offense after the Redskins traded for quarterback Alex Smith and signed wide receiver Paul Richardson. ACL tears typically take at least six months to recover from and the track record of being the same player has been mixed.
Washington has also had a recent history of their high-profile draft picks not being able to stay healthy.
In addition to Thompson, Kelley and Perine will likely be tasked with filling Guice's shoes in the ground game, but unfortunately for Washington, the duo's ceiling doesn't likely come near that of Guice's.
Brady has two years remaining on his contract. The incentives are said to be similar in structure to the escalators the Patriots added to tight end Rob Gronkowski's contract last season, which enabled the injury-prone star to earn up to $5.5 million in bonuses if he met certain statistical benchmarks.