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Washington Commanders defensive end Chase Young isn’t likely to be equipped for the beginning of the standard season while he continues to recuperate from the torn ACL suffered in November.
Commanders head coach Ron Rivera said Friday on 106.7 The Fan (via Ben Standig of The Athletic) the edge-rusher will miss “a small amount of time” to open the 2022 campaign.
Young started training camp on the physically struggling to perform (PUP) list. ESPN’s John Keim reported in June that Young could start the growing season on injured reserve.
The 23-year-old tore his ACL in Week 10 of the 2021 season contrary to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He posted 1.5 sacks, two pass breakups, two forced fumbles, 26 tackles and four quarterback hits in nine games before being sidelined.
Losing Young was a hardcore blow to the Washington defense, as he was likely to take the next phase in his career after an extraordinary rookie campaign.
He posted 7.5 sacks, four pass breakups, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, 44 tackles, 10 tackles for a loss and 12 quarterback hits in 15 games on the way to a Defensive Rookie of the entire year award and an expert Bowl selection in 2020.
The Commanders will require defensive linemen Montez Sweat, Daron Payne and Jonathan Allen to keep carrying the defense while James Smith-Williams steps up at Young’s position during his absence.