Edge rusher Chase Young of the Washington Commanders was placed on the reserve/physically unable to perform list on Tuesday and will miss the first four games of the 2022 season.
Young has been healing from a ruptured right anterior cruciate ligament since late November. His return date is set for Week 5 on October 9 against the Tennessee Titans.
Former Ohio State standout was among the top defensive players in college football’s recent history. He played in 12 games for the 2019 Buckeyes and recorded 16.5 sacks. As a result of his hard work, he was selected as the second overall choice in the 2020 draft.
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Even as a rookie, Young was instrumental in Washington’s run to the NFC East title. He was the team’s second-leading sacker, with 7.5, and was named the league’s defensive rookie of the year and to the Pro Bowl.
In 2021, the 23-year-old was having a somewhat unremarkable season up until he tore his right ACL against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on November 14. Prior to that, he had recorded only 1.5 sacks and four quarterback hits.
On the 29th of July, ESPN’s John Keim reported that a team source said Young will not return until at least the middle of September. Coach Ron Rivera of the Washington Redskins announced that Young would miss at least the team’s Sept. 11 season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars and possibly more. He did, however, say that Young’s rehabilitation was proceeding as planned.
A significant injury, as Rivera put it. “It’s safe to say he’s following protocol to a T. On schedule according to the physicians’ expectations, and we’ll keep you posted as his condition improves. But at the moment, he is at the perfect spot.”
After Young, James Smith-Williams is the next player up on the roster. The third-year pro recorded 30 tackles and 2.5 sacks in 2017.
Besides being the first rookie in Washington Redskins history to be elected a team captain, Young was also named the NFC’s Defensive Player of the Month for the month. Both the Associated Press and the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA) voted him defensive rookie of the year, and he was the only first-year player selected to the PFWA’s all-conference team.
The Minnesota Vikings’ Justin Jefferson and the Los Angeles Rams’ Young were the only two rookies to be selected for the 2021 Pro Bowl. He was also named 61st on the NFL’s list of the Top 100 Players of 2021 and was nominated for the Best Breakthrough Athlete Award at the 2021 ESPYs, which went to NBA player LaMelo Ball.
In 2021, Young improved to 21 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles before tearing the ACL in his right knee in Week 10 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, ending his season. A portion of the patellar tendon from his other knee was grafted into his injured knee during surgery to rebuild his ACL. Many sportswriters, who had anticipated steady growth from him, found the season to be unsatisfactory.
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