Washington Commanders defensive end Chase Young has spent most of the offseason in Colorado rehabbing his knee injury. Young, who tore his ACL in November, might still not be ready for action by the time the new NFL season begins.
Per ESPN’s John Keim, “it’s possible” that the former second overall pick begins the 2022 season on the IR which would knock him out at least four games.
Young is already expected to begin training camp on the team’s PUP list. Head coach Ron Rivera knows how important Young is to the defense and he does not want to rush him back.
“At the end of the day, we can’t force anything,” Rivera said his minicamp press conference. “It’s about when the player’s ready to roll and we’ll go because he is valuable to us. You don’t want to force that situation and all of a sudden you don’t have a healthy player and something bad happens.”
“So, again, we’re going to do it right. We’re going to prepare him. In the meantime, that just means other guys are getting opportunities and have got to step up and play some good football.”
While in Colorado, Young has worked extensively with his trainer, Chris Knott, but he is also working out with future Hall-of-Fame pass-rusher Von Miller.
Prior to his injury, Young accumulated 26 total tackles and 1.5 sacks on the season with 2 forced fumbles.