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Commanders explain Charles Leno Jr.'s absence

There's always been a decent turnout for Washington Commanders OTAs during Ron Rivera's time as head coach. That's been the case throughout the current preparation period aside from one or two notable absentees.

While Chase Young has hogged the majority of headlines given his current status and not having a fifth-year option picked up, starting left tackle Charles Leno Jr. has also decided to prepare in the comfort of his own home rather than join teammates in a more structured setting.

Not having the edge protector around to build chemistry alongside Washington's revamped offensive line isn't ideal. But when probed about Leno missing OTAs, Rivera didn't appear to be all that concerned based on his comments via Sports Illustrated.

"Charles has been in the system and I think that's probably part of why he's not here. He knows the system. He was in it in Chicago and so a lot of stuff that they did the first week that he was here was pretty much the stuff that he's been involved with."

Ron Rivera via Sports Illustrated

Leno is an experienced figure, so he'll know how to prepare his body for upcoming events such as mandatory minicamp and training camp. There is a lot riding on the campaign for the player, which could be his last with the Commanders unless drastic improvements arrive.