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Cards’ Week 1 opponent Washington loses expected starting RB Guice

Washington Redskins running back Derrius Guice, center, receives attention on the field after an injury during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

The Arizona Cardinals’ first regular season opponent suffered a serious blow to its season in its first preseason game on Thursday.

Washington Redskins rookie running back Derrius Guice is out for the season after tearing the ACL in his left knee.

Guice was expected to be the Redskins’ starter after they selected him 59th overall in the draft. The LSU product was considered a first-round prospect and went late in the second.

Arizona hosts Washington at University of Phoenix Stadium to open 2018 on Sunday, Sept. 9.

Guice was injured in Washington’s preseason opener at New England. The team announced the prognosis Friday following an MRI, saying Guice should make a full recovery and be ready to play in 2019.

In camp, Guice had been splitting first-team carries with Rob Kelley and Samaje Perine. Coach Jay Gruden has said there was competition for the No. 1 job along with third-down back Chris Thompson. Now, it’s wide open after Guice’s season-ending injury.

The team said tight end Manasseh Garner, a long shot to make the roster, is out for the season with an ACL injury.