Earlier this week, Washington’s head coach Ron Rivera said it was “more than likely” the end of the defense. Chase Young will start training camp on the disabled list as he continues to recover from an ACL tear.
Even so, the Commanders will be careful about staging Yang’s return.
As Rivera said at the end of Thursday’s mini-camp, the team doesn’t want to put Young in a bad position by bringing him back into the roster in part because he’s so important to the team’s long-term future.
“At the end of the day, we can’t force anything,” Rivera said at his press conference. “It’s about when a player is ready to play and we leave because he’s valuable to us. You don’t want to force things and suddenly you don’t have a healthy player and something bad happens.
“So, again, we’re going to do it right. We are going to prepare it. At the same time, it just means other guys are getting opportunities and need to step up and play good football.”
Young was the AP’s top rookie defenseman in 2020 when he recorded 7.5 sacks, 10 tackles for loss, 12 QBs, four forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries. In 2021, Young had 1.5 sacks, three TFLs, four QB hits and a pair of forced fumbles in nine games.