The Washington Commanders will be without Chase Young for the first four weeks after they placed him on the Reserve/PUP list.
Still working his way back from a torn ACL suffered in Week 10 of last season against the Buccaneers, Young’s surgery was more significant relative to teammate Logan Thomas, who suffered the same injury, because he also suffered a fully ruptured patella.
That very clearly delayed Young’s return and explains why Thomas is off the physically unable to perform list and in contention to play Week 1.
Somehow, that didn’t stop some fans from questioning why Young’s recovery is taking longer than expected. Some (ridiculously) even took issue with the 23-year-old rehabbing with his own specialists in Colorado at the start of OTAs.
On Tuesday, Young found himself trending again when independent NFL/Cardinals reporter Mike Jurecki spread a rumor that the former Defensive Rookie of the Year suffered a setback training with Von Miller and the Commanders are annoyed with Young for training away from the team.
Jurecki’s tweet has since been deleted after a slew of insiders threw cold water on the ridiculous rumor moments after it was unearthed.
Commanders insider throws cold water on wild Chase Young rumor
These kind of rumors really make you sick, so credit to JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington for swiftly getting to the bottom of it.
While Young did link up with Miller this offseason, nobody really bought into the idea he suffered a setback at Miller’s pass-rushing camp. Young’s been with the Commanders since the start of training camp and could be seen cheering on his teammates from the sidelines during the preseason.
The Washington Post’s Nicki Jhabvala added that Daron Payne was the only Washington defender invited to Miller’s pass rush summit.
According to league insider Jordan Schultz, Young is “ahead of schedule” with his recovery and could return to the Commanders’ lineup for Week 5 vs Tennessee; the first game he’s eligible to come off the physically unable to perform list.
Schultz added that Young’s done everything right with his rehab.
In a bizarre twist to a truly bizarre story, Jurecki clapped back at Schultz and doubled down on his report after the latter debunked his scoop. Jurecki questioned Schultz’s “batting average” and highlighted a point during the draft where Schultz deleted a tweet after he reported on a trade … as if he’s the first reporter to do so.
Short and simple. That’s how you put somebody in a body bag.
Clearly feeling defensive with the whole NFL world disputing his rumor, Jurecki took personal shots at Schultz. That should tell you all you need to know about the validity of his scoop. If he was confident, he would’ve let the facts come to light instead of questioning a well-respected insider’s “batting average.”
Just another day on Commanders Twitter. Young is doing just fine.