Commanders remain cautious with Chase Young
The Washington Commanders are banking on defensive end Chase Young staying healthy and making a lasting contribution during the 2023 campaign. There was once again an erring on the side of caution approach from those in power regarding the stud pass-rusher on Wednesday, who is still feeling the effects of a stinger suffered during the team's preseason win at the Cleveland Browns in Preseason Week 1.
There's absolutely no point putting Young in harm's way and increasing the risk of further complications. This is still the preparation stage and one also must take into account the concerning injury history surrounding the No. 2 overall selection in the 2020 NFL Draft as a reason for proceedings with extreme caution.
According to those in attendance, Young participated in individual drills before sitting out the 7-on-7 and 11-on-11. This keeps the edge presence sharp while also avoiding any unnecessary time completely out of the picture.
Whether Young takes the field on Monday night remains to be seen. While it would beneficial to see the one-time Ohio State star out there in some capacity after he missed so much football over the last two years, there's a high chance Ron Rivera doesn't dress the player to keep the bigger picture in mind.
The stakes couldn't be much higher for Young in 2023. If he misses the remainder of the preseason in order to be fully ready for Week 1, nobody should be moaning too much.