Commanders News: Sam Howell, Chase Young, Montez Sweat and Ron Rivera

Examining the latest Commanders news and rumors from around the media.

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Which Washington Commanders news stories are hitting the headlines with just a couple of days left before their Week 2 game at the Denver Broncos?

With Sunday's memorable occasion still at the forefront of every Washington Commanders fan's mind who attended, attention is now firmly on this weekend's difficult trip to the Denver Broncos. A big opportunity awaits Ron Rivera and his players if they can overcome the odds at Mile High Stadium, which would put the entire NFL on notice given little was expected of a franchise in transition this season.

Until then, the stories generating column inches include Chase Young's encouraging sign, Rivera's perceived gamble heading into Week 2, Montez Sweat's mindset after a dominating display against the Arizona Cardinals, and Sam Howell relishing the challenge of going on the road.

Let's delve into each topic in more detail.

Commanders DE Chase Young's encouraging sign

After weeks of frustration, there was finally some good news to report where defensive end Chase Young is concerned on Thursday. The Washington Commanders listed him as a full participant in practice, which indicates he's been fully cleared to resume contact drills after suffering a severe stinger in their preseason game versus the Cleveland Browns.

While Ben Standig of The Athletic still has doubts about whether Young will participate at the Denver Broncos, this is a positive step forward. Something that could see him active in Week 3 barring any significant setbacks beforehand.

Once Young is given the green light to cross those white lines in a competitive setting, it's make or break. Anything less than a consistent run of games without injury and productive numbers would leave the Commanders with a big decision to make.