Commanders DE Chase Young's status
The Washington Commanders are rightfully proceeding with extreme care where Chase Young is concerned. Things are hanging in the balance for their stud defensive end after a luckless two years on the injury front, so taking every possible precaution before Week 1 against the Arizona Cardinals is the smart way to approach matters.
Young suffered a stinger after just four snaps against the Cleveland Browns in Preseason Week 1 and has been limited in practice this week. The former Ohio State star participated during individual drills but was held out of team scrimmages versus the Baltimore Ravens - something that came from the medical staff's recommendations based on Ron Rivera's comments via Pro Football Talk.
"This is all about getting past a certain point with the doctors and then we’ll go from there. But he’s going to be out here. He’s allowed to do everything except for contact right now."- Ron Rivera via Pro Football Talk
There's no point in Young aggravating anything further during practice or warmup games before the regular season. It's unlikely he'll feature much over the next fortnight, but expect the No. 2 overall selection in the 2020 NFL Draft to line up on Washington's formidable defensive front when the real action arrives.
Keep Young fit and firing is a key element of the Commanders' defensive equation this season. Something that has grave consequences attached one way or another after the team declined his fifth-year option.