The Washington Commanders aren’t dealing with a ton of injuries entering their Week 11 matchup against the Houston Texans, but two of the team’s biggest stars — Chase Young and Carson Wentz — have been sidelined for a chunk of the season. Young, unfortunately has been shelved the entire season until this point as he works his way back from major knee injury last November.
The Commanders defense is flying without Young, but fans are eager for the former Defensive Rookie of the Year to get back in the lineup. Earlier this week, a report hinted that Young would make his season debut on Sunday, but NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Friday Young’s return may be delayed another week.
With Young’s 21-day window set to close on Nov. 23, Week 12 vs the Falcons (on No.v 27) feels like a more realistic return date.
Commanders Week 11 inactives: Carson Wentz, Chase Young remain sidelined against the Texans
The following players will join Young and Wentz on the sidelines in Week 11.
Carson Wentz, QB
The Commanders never designated Carson Wentz to return for practice this week, but it’s not a huge deal anyway. Taylor Heinicke was named the starter, so Wentz was only going to provide backup duties. Until the $28 million quarterback returns, rookie Sam Howell will continue serving as QB2 behind Heinicke.
Chase Young, DE
Young is a big loss, but Washington’s played without him all season, and fellow defensive linemen Jon Allen, Daron Payne and Montez Sweat are all performing at a Pro Bowl level. There’s still plenty of time for Young to make an impact on the 2022 season. Fans will just have to wait another week for his 2022 debut.
Cole Holcomb, LB
Holcomb will miss his fourth straight game with a foot injury. As the signal-caller and middle linebacker in Jack Del Rio’s ascending defense, Holcomb is a huge miss for the Commanders. However, Jamin Davis has performed well in his asbsence, and Kam Curl, who’s assumed the green dot, will
J.D. McKissic, RB
McKissic, meanwhile, is out for the third straight week with a neck injury and he’ll miss the remainder of the season on injured reserve. Following this news, the Commanders worked out running backs Aaron Shampklin (Wisconsin), David Vereen (Harvard) and Antonio Williams (North Carolina).
Armani Rogers, TE
Like McKissic, the Commanders placed Rogers on IR this week. The undrafted rookie has flashed sporadically in 2022, and fans have been clamoring for him to get more looks with Logan Thomas struggling to bounce back from ACL surgery. The expectation is Rogers will return this season, however.
David Mayo, LB
Mayo will miss out with a hamstring injury, so Commanders fans can expect more snaps for Jonathan Bostic. The team elevated Nathan Gerry from the practice squad, so he’ll likely mix in on passing downs vs the Texans.
Rachad Wildgoose, CB
Wildgoose lost his starting job to Danny Johnson a few weeks ago. With Bobby McCain expected to start in the slot, Wildgoose is inactive again.
Chris Paul, OL
Paul has yet to play an offensive snap as a rookie.