Which Washington Commanders news stories are hitting the headlines with the 2023 NFL regular season opener taking place this evening?
The long wait is over. Meaningful NFL action returns tonight when the Kansas City Chiefs take on the Detroit Lions, which means we are one step closer to seeing the Washington Commanders performing in front of a sold-out FedEx Field to get their own campaign off and running.
Until then, among the stories causing conversation include optimism on the injury front, Ron Rivera's future, Mitchell Rales ending the Redskins name return demands, and Josh Harris looking forward to finalizing the team's new stadium plans.
Let's delve into each topic in more detail.
Commanders' optimism on the injury front
Wednesday's practice was an important one for two influential figures dealing with injury issues heading into the Washington Commanders' contest against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 1. Terry McLaurin and Chase Young were both in pads according to those in attendance, with the wide receiver participating in team drills and looking like he'd never been away.
McLaurin seems confident there will be no restrictions after suffering a turf toe in Washington's preseason triumph over the Baltimore Ravens. As for Young, the defensive end clearly feels ready to go, although he is still awaiting official clearance to resume contact from medical staff after suffering a severe stinger versus the Cleveland Browns.
The Commanders are heavily favored to get their season off to a flyer in Week 1. Having McLaurin and Young available would be another significant boost to their chances.